DST Inspire Scholarship / Fellowship Programme 2017 – Innovation in Scientific Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a scheme of the Government of India, offers standing opportunity for pursuing Doctoral Research at any recognized University or Institute in India through Fellowships at the level same as National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified candidates.

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is being implemented by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to strengthen the National Science and Technology base. One Component of the AORC Scheme in INSPIRE is focused on attraction of student to pursue doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in Science/ Applied Science/ Engineering or bachelor/ masters’ degree in Medicine.

DST Inspire Scholarship / Fellowship Programme 2017

Eligible candidates can submit the application forms for DST Inspire Scholarship 2017 as per the schedule given below. DST Inspire Scholarship application form 2017 was available on the official website. The candidates are advised to visit the website frequently for updated information.

Schedule for DST Inspire Scholarship / Fellowship Programme 2017 is given below.

Events Dates
Online Applications starts from 28 Aug 2017
Last date for applying online 30 Sep 2017

Application Form

Applications are invited from i) INSPIRE Scholars after completion of their post-graduation degree in Science areas and ii) University level First Rank holders in the Post-graduate Degrees in Basic/ Applied Sciences/ Engineering OR Graduate Degree in Medicine only at any recognized Indian University or Institute/ Statutory Body in India for award of INSPIRE FELLOWSHIP. Now the Fellowship shall be offered only on the basis of availability of fellowships in the current year.

The candidate fulfilling the criteria may submit their application in the prescribed ‘Application format’ which can be downloaded from website www.inspire-dst.gov.in. The direct link to apply online was also posted here on this page.

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How to Apply?

Students need to apply through On-line mode only. To apply On-line, please visit the website: http://www.online-inspire.gov.in and follow the process as prescribed therein (Guidelines for Filling up). The On-line application submissions will be commenced on 28th August 2017 and will be available up to 30th September 2017. No Print out of Application copy needs to be sent to us.

Eligibility Criteria

INSPIRE Scholar having secured minimum 65% marks (or CGPA equivalent) in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M.Sc.

1 st Rank Holder in each Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Applied Sciences including Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences from any recognized University and academic Institutions in India. Similarly, 1 st Rank Holders at the Graduate Level Examination in Medicine only conducted by a University/ Institution in India are also eligible to apply. 1 st Rank should be of obtained in minimum batch size of 10 students in that university level examination with minimum aggregate of 65% marks (or CGPA equivalent) of the entire course/ program

These students shall also be eligible for admission to pursue f u l l – t i m e research, leading to Ph.D. in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National Laboratories in India. However, Students who are i) 1 st Rank Holder in College including Autonomous College Examination, ii) obtained degree (s) through Distance Education Mode and iii) 1 st Rank Holder in any specialization given at MSc 2nd last Year, are not eligible.

Amount, Number & Duration of Fellowship

Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate. There is a provision of total 1000 Final offers of INSPIRE Fellowships to be given every year to eligible students and each Fellowship is tenable for a maximum period of five years or completion of their PhD degree, whichever is earlier. This Fellowship shall not be available to pursue M.Sc. or M.Phil. or M. Tech. course during pursing in any such Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D./ M. Phil.-Ph.D./ M. Tech.-Ph.D. courses. However, continuation of the Fellowship for once selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance certified by the institution as per stipulated GOI guidelines for such Fellowship.

Selection Process

Selection followed by offering of INSPIRE Fellowship to eligible student is done in two stages i.e. i). Provisional Offer to those who did not have admission in to Ph.D. course during application stage and ii). Final Offer to those who have admitted in to Ph.D. prior to submitting application.

The Provisional Offer is made on the basis of scrutiny of application along with required documents submitted by the applicant. However, the Final Offer is made on the basis of evaluation of the application on i). Academic merit, ii). Host Institution including Host Department and Research Supervisor and iii). The detailed Research Proposal by the Expert Panel. In this Evaluation Process applicants needs to secure a minimum total cut-off mark on the above three aspects [for example, minimum cut-off marks were 60 out of 100 to finally offer INSPIRE Fellowship in previous cases]. The cut-off marks may be vary on competitive framework of selection process.

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