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INSPIRE Scholarship 2018: INSPIRE stands for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research. Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India launched the INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) programme to support meritorious students undertaking bachelor’s and master’s courses in Natural and Basic Sciences. This scholarship scheme is offered to 12,000 scholars every year. The net amount of the scholarship is Rs.80,000/- annually for pursuing any subject of Natural or Basic Sciences. Get the complete information of INSPIRE Scholarship eligibility criteria, application form etc here.

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Applications for the year 2018 are invited from eligible candidates for INSPIRE SHE programme. Interested and eligible students must apply and submit their application with all essential documents through online mode only. Find the link below to apply. This web portal will be functional from 15th October 2018 (10-00 hrs) and will be available up to 15th December 2018 (17-00 hrs) for submission of applications.

Find the link to register in the INSPIRE Scholarship 2018 application procedure section below.

Inspire Scholarship 2018 Dates

Here we have provided the date of the INSPIRE Scholarship 2018 events.

S. No Event Dates (announced)
1. Availability of online application 15th October 2018 (10-00 hrs)
2. Online application closes on 15th December 2018 (17-00 hrs)
3. Availability of list of shortlisted candidates April/May 2019

INSPIRE Scholarship 2018 – Rewards

Applicants selected under the scheme SHE gets a scholarship amount of INR 80,000 per annum and many other benefits for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research. Follow the table below to know the scholarship amount distribution

Awards & Benefits of INSPIRE Scholarship 2018

S. No Scholarship Amount
1. INR 80,000 to selected student
2. An annual scholarship of INR 60,000 @ INR 5000 per month
3. INR 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 (SHE) Eligibility Criteria 2018

This scheme offers 12,000 scholarships every year @ Rs.80,000/- each for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in the Natural & Basic sciences, possessing any of the following criteria:

S. No Eligibility Criteria
1. The applicant must be within the age group of 17-22 years. Students who happen to be among the top 1% in 12th standard at their respective Board Examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. levels. Courses are not included other than Natural and Basic sciences in the current scheme in view of the focus on research in Basic sciences.
2. Students who have secured in the Joint Entrance Examination of JEE-Advance top 10,000 ranks, JEE-Main (top 10,000 ranks) plus those clearing NEET (top 10,000 ranks), and who also opt to study Natural and Basic sciences in any academic institute or university leading to graduate and post-graduate degree, would be eligible for scholarship.
3. Students fulfilling the criterion [A] and admitted to Indian Institute 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 or happen to be Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and Science Olympiad Medalists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees are eligible for “SHE” scholarship.

The subjects that come under the scope of Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) are mentioned in the table given below.

Subjects under the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship 2018

S. No Name of the subjects
1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Mathematics
4. Biology
5. Statistics
6. Geology
7. Astrophysics
8. Astronomy
9. Electronics
10. Botany
11. Zoology
12. Biochemistry
13. Anthropology
14. Microbiology
15. Geophysics
16. Geochemistry
17. Atmospheric Sciences
18. Oceanic Sciences
19. Ecology
20. Marine Biology
21. Genetics
22. BioPhysics

INSPIRE Scholarship 2018 Application Procedure

The applications for INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) are accepted through the online portal of the INSPIRE Programme. Find the link to apply below. Follow the below steps to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship 2018.

Click Here to register for INSPIRE SHE 2018 

Step 1: At first, the applicant must register as a new user on the INSPIRE scholarship portal. Link to apply is given above. The applicant 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 the scanned images of all the necessary 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. Now, the applicant needs to click on ‘Submit’ button to submit the application.

Step 8: After the final submission of the online scholarship application form, the candidate must take the print out of the submitted application for future reference.

Documents Required for INSPIRE Scholarship 2018

During the INSPIRE Scholarship online form filling, the applicants need to upload the scanned images of below-mentioned documents. The image type and size must be as per the specification. The blurred or hazy image will be rejected by the concerned authority. Find below the list of all the important documents that a candidate need to upload while filling his/her scholarship application form.

S. No Name of the document Type and size of the 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 2018 Selection Process

After receiving all the applications from the eligible candidates, the official authority scrutinizes the same. On the basis of specified eligibility criteria, a list of shortlisted candidates is prepared. The list of the shortlisted scholars is displayed on the online portal of INSPIRE. Link to download the list will be provided here.

Applicants whose name are mentioned on the list must download the provisional offer letter. Visit the official website and login with the ID and Password to download the same. 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 2018

For the continuation of SHE scholarship in the subsequent years, INSPIRE scholars need to fulfil the criteria mentioned below. If the scholars receiving the benefits fails to match the below criteria, then they are not eligible to apply for renewal of scholarship.

S. No Eligibility Criteria
1. 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).
2. 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 cancelled. The scholarship is resumed in the next academic year if the student’s academic performance is satisfactory.

Terms & Conditions

There are a few terms & conditions 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 INSPIRE SHE scholarship.

S. No Terms & Conditions
1. 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.
2. Candidates must submit completed application as incomplete application form is entitled to be rejected.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The Head of the Institution must clearly mention in the performance report if the scholarship should be continued or not in that academic year.
7. 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.
8. Candidates availing any other scholarship from other sources are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

FAQs about INSPIRE Scholarship 2018

Q1. When should a student apply for INSPIRE SHE?

Ans: The students should apply for SHE in the same year in which they have passed their class 12 exam and have enrolled themselves in BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS degrees, in Natural and Basic Sciences.

Q2. Who can apply for INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education?

Ans: Applicants with the average marks within the top 1% of their class 12 exam of any State or Central Board and they must be pursuing courses in Basic & Natural Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Int. MSc/MS level. The applicant must fall within the age group of 17 to 22 years.

Q3. How many scholarships are disbursed every year among students?

Ans: 12,000 scholarships at the rate of INR 80,000 per students are disbursed every year.

Q4. How can an applicant apply for the INSPIRE scholarship?

Ans: The applicants can apply online for SHE scholarship through the online portal of INSPIRE.

Q5. What happens in case the INSPIRE scholar who is pursuing 1st year BSc/BS/Int.MSc/Int.MS course discontinues it afterward?

Ans: The scholarship offer will be withdrawn summarily and even after re-joining the course the offer will stand withdrawn.

Q6. When can students expect to be intimated about their selection for SHE scholarship?

Ans: The selection process usually takes a period of at least four months due to the large volume of applications.

Q7. What should the applicant do if he/she gets selected but has not received the offer letter?

Ans: The applicant login to the online portal of INSPIRE where he/she will find the offer letter in his/her dashboard.

Q8. Since applicants are instructed to mention their registration number in all their correspondences, where can they find this number?

Ans: The students can find their INSPIRE registration number in the initial scholarship offer letter.

Q9. What are conditions of Summer projects to be undertaken by all the INSPIRE scholars?

Ans: It is mandatory for INSPIRE scholars to enroll themselves every year in Summer projects at recognised research centers of their choice across the country, outside their parent institutions.

Under the SHE scholarship programme, the INSPIRE scholars receive INR 20,000 per annum as Mentorship for undertaking Summer research programmes. The timeline of the summer project must be six to eight weeks and it must be clearly mentioned in the project report. Also, the students must keep in mind that group project is not accepted. The scholars must send the following documents to the DST. An attested letter by the Research Guide where the INSPIRE scholar is enrolled for the summer project

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