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INSPIRE Scholarship For Higher Education (SHE)-2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Dec-2015
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AwardRs 80000/- per annum
Eligibility1st yr B.Sc., B.Sc (Hons), four years B.S and five years integrated M.Sc./M.S programs student
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

INSPIRE Programme Division
Department of Science and Technology,
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi – 110 016.
Tel. No: 0120-4676260

What is INSPIRE Scholarship For Higher Education (SHE)-2015?

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)" is an innovative programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to Science. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R & D base.

Scholarships for Higher Education in India  aims to enhance rates of attachment of talented youth to undertake higher education in science intensive programmes, by providing scholarships and mentorship. The scheme offers 10,000 Scholarship every year at Rs 0.80 lakh per year for the talented youth in the age group 17-22 years, for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in natural sciences. The main feature of the scheme is the mentorship support provided to every scholar. 

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The eligibility of candidates will be based on

a) performance in Board Examinations within the cut-off threshold (top 1%) for each State or Central Board Examination in the year 2015 at Class XII level

b) performance in any of the specified Competitive Examinations within stipulated cut off ranks and recipient of various scholarships and medals. The eligible candidate must be already enrolled into a valid degree level course in natural / basic sciences within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship at any UGC recognized College or University or National Institute in India. Receipt of Eligibility Note or Eligibility Certificate on INSPIRE Scholarship from respective Board is not mandatory as an eligibility criteria to apply and also do not guarantee the Scholarship. 

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.


Who can apply for SHE? What are the eligibility criteria for availing these scholarships?
(a)Students with aggregate marks within top 1% of their Class XII examination of any State/ Central Board in India are eligible. In addition, the student must be pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS level.

Those students who have secured ranks in the JEE of IIT, AIPMT (within top 10000 ranks), and are presently pursuing Natural and Basic Science courses in India at the BSc, BS, Int.MSc/MS level.
Students pursuing Integrated M.S. courses at IISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and International Olympiad medalists pursuing Bachelor/ Master level courses in Natural Sciences.

What courses are eligible for the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship?
The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course: (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) Biology, (5) Statistics, (6) Geology, (7) Astrophysics, (8) Astronomy, (9) Electronics, (10) Botany, (11) Zoology, (12) Bio-chemistry, (13) Anthropology, (14) Microbiology, (15) Geophysics, (16) Geochemistry, (17) Atmospheric Sciences & (18) Oceanic Sciences. The student must be enrolled into the aforementioned BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int.MS courses before applying for INSPIRE Scholarship. Courses other than these subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defense Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Home Science, Geography, Economics, Education (including B.Sc.-B.Ed. dual degree course), Bio-technology, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Bio-informatics, Instrumentation, Information Technology, Physical Education, courses in Distance Education mode at the Open Universities and other professional courses are NOT supported. 

How much is my SHE valued?
The scholarship is valued at Rs. 80,000/- per annum. Each candidate will receive annual scholarship total value of Rs. 60,000/- in cash. All the SHE scholars are required to undertake summer research projects under an active researcher in any recognized research centers across India. A summer time attachment fee of Rs. 20,000/- will be paid as Mentorship every year.

What is the tenure of INSPIRE-SHE?
Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years, starting from the 1st year BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int.MS or until the completion of the course, whichever is earlier.
Continuation of the scholarship for the selected candidates is based on good academic performance in the examinations conducted by the University and upon the recommendation by the Head of the Institution.

When should I apply for SHE?
Only candidates who have completed their XII standard in the year 2013 and are currently enrolled in BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS degrees, in Natural and Basic Sciences (in subjects listed above) can apply. 
The call for applications will be advertised in major newspapers. Also check our website for regular updates. The online application link can be found here: or at

How should I apply for the scholarship? 
One can apply for the scholarship through online or offline modes. However, online mode of application is preferred. To apply online, please follow this link The guidelines for online applications are given here. 

What documents should I submit along with the application form? 
The following documents are mandatory

  1. Application Form with photograph (in case of offline applications)
  2. Class XII Mark Sheets
  3. Class X Mark Sheet/Certificate (for proof of date of birth)
  4. Endorsement Certificate as per the prescribed format, signed by the Principal of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the University
  5. Eligibility Note/Advisory Note (if provided by the State/Central Board)
  6. Certificate specifying Rank or Award in JEE (Main)/ JEE (Advanced)/ NEET/ KVPY /JBNSTS/ NTSE / International Olympic Medalists (if the candidate is eligible under this criterion)

Please note that incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. No claims or representations will be entertained regarding the same.

When will I be intimated of my selection? 
As we receive a large number of applications, the selection process on an average takes at least four months from the last date of submission of the application
All selected candidates shall receive an Email notification informing that they are selected for the scholarship. The selected students are required to log into the online portal to download the offer letter.

I am selected for SHE but I have not received any official letter. What should I do? 
Please Log in to the online portal. If you are selected, the offer letter will be available in your dashboard.

In your letter you have pointed out that I should mention my registration number in all my correspondences. Where shall I find this number? 
The Registration number here refers to the Scholar’s INSPIRE/SHE registration number provided by the DST (not the scholar’s B.Sc. or M.Sc. or University’s registration number). The INSPIRE/SHE registration number is indicated in the initial scholarship offer letter. 

How will I receive my scholarship? 
For the 2011, 2012 & subsequent batch scholars, the scholarship will be transferred to the scholar’s State Bank of India (SBI) bank account directly.

How to send the Bank Account details to the DST? [For 2011&subsequent Batches] 
The 2011, 2012 & subsequent batch scholars should open a regular Savings Bank Account in any branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) (ONLY). The account must be in your name only . Joint Accounts will not be accepted. Accounts in any other bank other than the SBI will not be accepted.
After opening the account in SBI, kindly fill in the SBI-Proforma available on the website and post it along with the first page of your SBI bank Passbook to the DST . Please do not forget to sign these documents. Non-attested documents shall be rejected.

What documents should I submit to receive the scholarship? 
For the release of the scholarship, one should submit year wise Performance Report and Mark Sheet of his/her BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS course. The blank format of the Performance report can be found on our website or in our online portal
The Performance report must be signed by the Head of the Institution. The Head of the Institution here refers to (a) Vice-Chancellor/Registrar/Dean of Science in case of Universities and (b) Principal/Vice-Principal, Proctor and Officer-in-Charge in case of colleges. Attestation of the endorsement forms by officers other than those mentioned above (such as Head of the Department, Section officers, Student welfare officers, etc.) will NOT be accepted.
The Head of the Institution should clearly mention whether the scholarship should be continued or discontinued for that academic year.
A photocopy of the Mark Sheets (annual/two semesters) received from the University must be enclosed along with the Performance Report. Provisional mark sheets and result sheets downloaded from the internet shall not be accepted.

When should I submit the documents? 
The annual Performance Reports and Mark sheets (annual/two semesters) should be submitted as soon as the results of the respective examinations are announced. The scholarship will be released only after the receipt of the Performance Report and mark sheets.

When will I receive the scholarship? 
Initially, the scholarship will be released only after the receipt of I year BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS Performance Reports and mark sheets. Provided your academic performance is satisfactory, two years of scholarship (i.e. Rs. 1,20,000/-) shall be released during your second year of your B.Sc./Int. M.Sc. course.
In the following years, the scholarship will be released after the receipt of yearly Performance Reports and Mark sheets.

I am an INSPIRE scholar currently pursuing my first year BSc/BS/Int.MSc/Int.MS course. I have discontinued my course. Will my scholarship be continued? 
The offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will be summarily withdrawn if you discontinue the course. Even if you rejoin the course in the following academic year, the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will stand withdrawn. No representations in this regard shall be entertained.

I have received my scholarship for the first and second year. What documents should I send to receive my scholarship for the third year? 
You should send the following documents to continue the scholarship.
(a) Performance report for second year BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS course signed and attested by the Head of the Institution and (b) Self-signed copy of marks sheet of your BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS annual/Semester examination.

I am an INSPIRE Scholar and I have sent all the relevant documents for the continuation of my scholarship. I am yet to receive my scholarship amount. What should I do? 
Please note that it usually takes eight to 10 weeks to release the scholarship after the receipt of relevant documents. If you have NOT received the scholarship even after three months of sending the relevant documents, please write to 

Generally DST will withhold the scholarship due to any of the following reasons:
(a)    Scholar has not submitted his/her Performance Reports/Mark Sheets
(b)    Failure or poor performance in B.Sc. or M.Sc. examinations.
(b)      Scholar has not informed about M.Sc. enrollment (as applicable).
The scholarship will be released as soon as the above mentioned concerns have been addressed. 

I have failed in my BSc/ BS/ Int. MSc/Int.MS course. Will the scholarship be continued? 
For continuation of Scholarship at any stage at B.Sc. or M.Sc. level, you need to consistently perform better and secure minimum First class or CGPA ≥ 6.0 (on a 10 point scale or its equivalent) in the University level examination. 
If you have failed or secured a CGPA score of less than 6.0 (on a 10 point scale or its equivalent) in the BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS examination, the scholarship for that academic year shall be forfeited. The scholarship will be resumed in the next year only if your academic performance is satisfactory.

I could not attend my annual/semester University examination. Will the scholarship be continued? 
In such a case, one year of scholarship will be forfeited. The scholarship will be resumed in the next year, provided your academic performance is good (see above question).

I am an INSPIRE Scholar and have completed my B.Sc. in Natural Sciences and I wish to pursue my M.Sc. What documents should I send to extend my scholarship? 
After three years of B.Sc. program, students may join M.Sc. course (Natural and Basic Sciences only) anywhere in the country and provide us with proof of enrollment in the M.Sc. course. The blank format of the same can be found in this link: Please note that M.Tech. courses are NOT supported. 
The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing M.Sc. course: 
1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) Biology, (5) Statistics, (6) Geology, (7) Astrophysics, (8) Astronomy, (9) Electronics, (10) Botany, (11) Zoology, (12) Bio-chemistry, (13) Anthropology, (14) Microbiology, (15) Geophysics, (16) Geochemistry, (17) Atmospheric Sciences & (18) Oceanic Sciences.

I have completed my B.Sc. course. I wish to avail one year break from studies before joining M.Sc. course. Will my scholarship be continued? 
In such a case, the scholarship will NOT be continued.

Can you explain the terms of Summer Projects to be undertaken by all the INSPIRE scholars?    
In order to inculcate scientific values and develop scientific temper, the scholars are required to enroll in a Summer Research Project every year during the summer holidays, in recognized research centers of their choice across India, preferably outside their parent institutions. 
Under INSPIRE-SHE, Rs. 20,000/- per annum is provided as Mentorship to the INSPIRE scholar, to undertake Summer Research Programmes. The mentorship will be transferred to your bank account. After completion of the project, the scholar should send the following documents to the DST:
(a) A letter attested by the Research Guide where the scholar is enrolled for the project and
(b)    A report outlining the objectives and results of the project.
The minimum tenure of the project must be six to eight weeks. The duration of the project must be clearly mentioned in the project report. The guidelines for the Summer Research Mentorship can be found in this link:
Note: Group projects are not acceptable.

I am availing Scholarship from the State and Central Government. Am I eligible for INSPIRE/SHE Scholarship? 
One cannot avail more than one scholarship concurrently. It is therefore advised that the candidate choose the scholarship he/she wishes to avail and inform the DST at the earliest. If the scholar wishes to avail the INSPIRE/SHE Scholarship, documentary evidence (such as Scholarship surrender certificate) must be produced so as to ascertain that he/she is not availing scholarships from any other sources. 
Please note that if the scholar is found to be availing scholarship from other sources, the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will be summarily withdrawn and the scholar is liable to return the entire scholarship amount availed thus far from DST-INSPIRE. 

Terms and Conditions

Interested and eligible candidates who have passed Class XII Board Examination in the year 2015 (only) must apply in the prescribed format along with the documents listed below. THE APPLICATIONS MUST
To apply On-line, please visit the website: and follow the process prescribed therein.
The On-line application submission process shall commence from 1st November 2015 (10-00 hrs) and shall end on 15th December 2015 (17-00 hrs). Please click the link below to download the guidelines for filling up On-line applications:

The applicants are advised to obtain a print out of the submitted online application for his/her records. Please do not send the application or any other documents by Post submitted online. The following points may be observed by the applicant very carefully.
(i) Incomplete or wrongly filled up application or application with lack of essential documents will summarily be
(ii) The applicant’s own valid and functional email address must be used for submission of the On-line application.
The status of the application will be informed to the applicant’s email that is registered in the On-line portal.
(iii) DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION. Please ensure that all aspects of the application are
correct before submitting. No claims shall be entertained in case of incomplete or non-submitted application.
(iv) Any legal proceedings in respect to any matter of claim or dispute arising out of this advertisement and / or
application can be lodged only in Delhi Courts/ Tribunals/ Forums and Delhi Courts / Tribunal/ Forums only shall have the
sole and exclusive jurisdiction to try any case / dispute.


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