INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a scholarship programme implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
It is a scholarship scheme that comes under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a flagship programme of DST. Meant for meritorious students undertaking bachelor’s and master’s courses in Natural and Basic Sciences, INSPIRE Scholarship offers 12,000 scholarships every year.
Under SHE, each selected candidate receives Rs 80,000 annually for pursuing any subject of Natural or Basic Sciences.
Find below the full details of INSPIRE Scholarship (SHE).
INSPIRE Scholarship – Rewards
Under the scheme SHE, each selected candidate gets a scholarship amount of Rs 80,000 per annum and many other benefits for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research as a career. Find below the complete details of the benefits granted under this scholarship.
Awards & Benefits of INSPIRE Scholarship
S.No. Scholarship Amount
1. Rs 80,000 to selected student
2. An annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 @ Rs 5000 per month
3. Rs 20,000 every year for undertaking the mandatory summer research project
Note: All the selected candidates need to undertake summer research projects under the guidance of an active researcher in a recognised research centre of India.
INSPIRE Scholarship – Key Dates
The scholarship is announced every year during the mid of October and ends at the end of the month of December. INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education 2019 is announced. Find below the table indicating the tentative dates of the scholarship.
Key Dates of INSPIRE Scholarship
S.No. Event Tentative Dates
1. Online application starts Mid-October*
2. Online application closes End of December*
3. Release of list of shortlisted candidates April/May*
INSPIRE Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria
In order to apply for SHE, the applicants must have passed class XII and pursuing courses in Natural Sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. level. Given below is the detailed information about the eligibility criteria of this scholarship.
The applicant must be within the age group of 17-22 years.
The candidate must be among the top 1% of the successful students in terms of aggregate marks in his/her class 12 board exam.
The applicant must be enrolled in courses of Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Integrated MSc/MS level in the same year of passing class XII.
The applicants who are among the top 10000 rankers in Joint Entrance Examination of IIT, AIEEE (top 20000 rankers) & cleared CBSE-Medical (AIPTM) and have opted to study Natural/Basic Sciences are eligible.
The candidates who are admitted to Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai for pursuing courses in Natural/Basic Sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree are also eligible.
The applicants who are KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Olympiad Medallists and Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholar and are pursuing courses in Natural/Basic Sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree are eligible.
INSPIRE Scholarship – Application Process
The applications for INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) are accepted online through the online portal of the INSPIRE Programme. Given below is the complete guideline on how to apply for the scholarship.
Step 1: First the applicant must register as a new user on the INSPIRE scholarship portal. The candidate must enter his/her name, gender, date of birth, email, password, eligibility criteria and verification code for successful registration.
Step 2: The candidate receives user ID and password on their registered email ID where he/she needs to click on the activation link to activate his/her account.
Step 3: The applicant must keep the scanned copies of all the required documents as separate files before filling the application form.
Step 4: The applicant must log into the INSPIRE scholarship portal using his/her username and password.
Step 5: Now, the candidate must fill in all the details like personal particulars, enrolment information at B.Sc. and Integrated M.Sc. level, senior secondary performance information, national level competitive exam details, contact details and other details in the scholarship application form.
Step 6: Also, the applicant needs to upload all the required documents in support of the online scholarship application.
Step 7: The applicant needs to review the entered details before the submission of the form by pressing on ‘Print Preview’ button. He/She must make sure that all the details and uploaded documents are correct.
Step 8: Now, the applicant needs to click on ‘Submit’ button to submit the application.
Step 9: After the final submission of the online scholarship application form, the candidate must take the print out of the submitted application for his/her record.
INSPIRE Scholarship – Key Documents
While applying for the Scholarship for Higher Education, applicants need to submit some important documents in support of their application lack of which might lead to their rejection. Find below the list of all the important documents that a candidate needs to upload while filling his/her scholarship application.
Important Documents of INSPIRE Scholarship
S.No. Name of Document Type and size of file
1. Applicant’s passport size photograph JPEG format with size not more than 50 KB
2. Community/caste certificate in case the applicant belongs to OBC/SC/ST category PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
3. Eligibility note or advisory note if provided by the State/Central Board PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
4. Class 12th mark sheet PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
5. Class 10th mark sheet or certificate (for proof of Date of Birth) PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
6. Certificate specifying rank/award in JEE (Main)/ JEE (Advanced)/ NEET/ KVPY /JBNSTS/ NTSE / International Olympic Medallists (if the candidate is eligible under this criterion) PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
7. Endorsement Form signed by the Principal of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the University PDF format with size not more than 1 MB
8. First page of applicant’s SBI bank passbook PDF format with size not more than 1 MB.
INSPIRE Scholarship – Selection Process
All the scholarship applications sent by the potential INSPIRE scholars are evaluated on the basis of the specified eligibility criteria. On the basis of this evaluation, a list of shortlisted candidates is prepared.
The list of shortlisted candidates is displayed on the online portal of INSPIRE and also on the website of the INSPIRE programme.
The selected students need to download their provisional offer letter from the online portal of INSPIRE.
The shortlisted candidates also need to upload the necessary documents on their web portal within the specified timeline for further consideration.
The selected candidates receive their scholarship awards directly into their State Bank of India (SBI) bank account through DBT (Direct Bank Transfer).
INSPIRE Scholarship – Renewal
For the continuation of SHE scholarship in the subsequent years, INSPIRE scholars need to fulfill the criteria mentioned below.
The students applying for renewal need to score at least 60% marks or 7.0 GPA on a 10.0-point scale in the annual examinations each year (or 2 semesters).
If the candidate fails to secure the required marks in his/her B.Sc/BS/Int. M.Sc/Int. MS exam, the scholarship for that academic year will be canceled. The scholarship is resumed in the next academic year if the student’s academic performance is satisfactory.
INSPIRE Scholarship – Terms & Conditions
There are a few rules that applicants need to follow in order to apply for this scholarship. Find below the list of terms and conditions that an applicant needs to keep in mind while applying for the SHE scholarship.
INSPIRE-SHE is awarded to students for a period of five years, starting from the 1st year B.Sc., BS, Integrated M.Sc/MS or until the completion of the course, whichever comes earlier.
Candidates must submit completed application as incomplete application form is entitled to be rejected.
Subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defence Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Anthropology, Home Science, Geography, Economics, Education (including B.Sc.-B.Ed. dual degree course), Biotechnology, 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 under SHE scholarship.
The INSPIRE scholar must open a regular Savings Bank Account in any branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) only. The account must be in the name of the applicant and it should not be joint account.
The shortlisted candidates must submit their year-wise performance report (signed by the Head of the Institution) and mark sheet of their BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS course for the release of the scholarship. Head of the Institution refers to Vice Chancellor/Registrar/Dean of Science in case of Universities and Principal/Vice Principal/Proctor/Officer-in-Charge in case of colleges.
The Head of the Institution must clearly mention in the performance report if the scholarship should be continued or not in that academic year.
For the first time, the scholarship is released only after the approval of the performance report and mark sheet of 1st year B.Sc, BS, Int. M.Sc/MS. If the academic performance of the candidate is satisfactory, two years of scholarship, i.e., INR 1,20,000 is released during the candidate’s 2nd year of B.Sc, BS, Int. M.Sc/MS.
Candidates availing any other scholarship from other sources are not eligible to receive this scholarship.
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