Inspire Scholarship 2019: Eligibility, Amount & How to Apply

Inspire Scholarship 2019: The Ministry of Science & Technology provides scholarship every year to students studying in VI to XII, UG/PG and PhD/ Post PhD level. INSPIRE stands for "Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research" and its aim is the attraction of talent to science.

Inspire Scholarship 2019: Eligibility, Amount & How to Apply

The main objective of this scholarship is to engage the youth of the country with excitements of creative pursuit of science. The scholarship will attract talent to study of science at an early age to various level of education. It will build the required human resources to strengthen and expanding of Science & Technology.

On this page, you will able to check, eligibility criteria, key dates, amount of scholarship, how to apply and renewal process of Inspire Scholarship.

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Inspire Scholarship 2019

The whole Inspire scheme is divided into three levels; i) SEATS, ii) SHE, ii) AORC. The detailed information of all three types is given below.

1. SEATS: Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent

The SEATS scheme is divided into two categories:
  • Inspire Awards: The amount of Rs 10,000 is paid to 1,00,000 students studied in class 6th to 10th of age limits 10-15 years.
  • Inspire Internship: A Summer Camp is provided with global leaders to 50,000 students who are studying in class +1 (Science Stream) to joy innovations on an annual basis.

2. SHE: Scholarship for Higher Education

  • The scheme will provide Rs 80,000/year to 10,000 students of the age group of 17-22 years. Students who are pursuing Bachelor/ Master level education can apply for this scheme.

3. AORC: Assured Opportunity for Research Careers

  • Inspire Fellowship: It offers 1000 fellowships every year to students of the age group of 22-27 years. Students who are participating in a Doctoral Degree (PhD) programme are eligible for this fellowship.
  • Inspire Faculty Award: It offers assured opportunity every year for 1000 Post-Doctoral researchers with the amount of 7 Lakh/year for the duration of 5 years. The applicants of age group 27-32 years can avail this faculty award.

Eligibility Criteria

Inspire Awards (Class VI to X)

  • The candidate should be in the age group of 10-15 years and studying in Class VI to X.

Inspire Internship (Class XI)

  • The candidate should be studying in class XI (Science Stream) in State/ Central, Govt/Private schools.
  • An applicant should be in the top 1% ranking in their X Board Examination.
  • The applicant should not have attended a similar camp earlier.
  • It is mandatory for the applicant participating in Summer Camp to be of the same state.

Higher Education Scholarship (UG/PG)

  • The candidate should be in the age group of 17-22 years and studying in recognised institutes by the State/Central Government.
  • Applicant should be pursuing B.Sc/ BS/ Integrated MSc/ MS in only Natural and Basic Science (list of Subjects are given below).
  • Applicant aggregate marks should be in the top 1% of their class +2 examination of any State/ Central Board in India.
Candidates Also Eligible:
  • Students who are within top 10,000 ranks in JEE of IIT/ AIPMT and presently pursuing B.Sc/ BS or Int. M.Sc/MS in Natural and Basic Science across India. Or
  • Students who are Pursuing M.S. courses at IISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre of Basic Science, Kishore Vaiganik 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. 
The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scheme for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course:

Subjects Under Basic and Natural Sciences
Physics Chemistry
Mathematics Biology
Statistics Geology
Astrophysics Astronomy
Electronics Botany
Zoology Biochemistry
Anthropology Microbiology
Geophysics Geochemistry
Atmospheric Sciences Oceanic Sciences.

Note: Courses other than these subjects are not eligible for the Higher Education Scholarship (SHE) scheme.

Inspire Fellowship (PhD)

  • The applicant should be a citizen of India and falling in the age group of 22-27 years.
  • He/She should study their post-graduation in  Basic & Applied Sciences/ Engineering/ Medicine/ Pharmacy/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences from any recognized University/Institute.
  • He/She should 1st Rank Holder at University level.
  • Applicant should contain at least 70% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S. / M.Sc.
  • 1st Rank Holders at the Graduate/Post-graduate Level Examination in Medicine are also eligible.
Note: However, Students who are i) 1st Rank Holder in College including Autonomous College Examination, ii) obtained degree (s) through Distance Education Mode and iii) 1st Rank Holder in any specialization given at M.Sc. 2nd/ last Year, are not eligible.

Inspire Faculty Award (Post-PhD)

  • A citizen of India/ NRI/ PIO whose age limit on 1st January of Year of Advertisement should be in between 27-32 years. (SC/ST 27-35 years).
  • An applicant should be holding a PhD degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and Agriculture-related subjects from any recognized university in the world.
  • The candidate should possess a minimum 60% marks (or equivalent CGPA) throughout academic profile from Higher Secondary Examination.
Candidate Also Eligible:
  • Those who have submitted PhD theses and are awaiting award of the degree can also apply.
  • Those have Publication(s) in highly reputed journals demonstrating the research potential of the candidate can also apply.
  • Candidates who are employed in regular/contractual position within India may apply for INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship. But upon selection, the candidate needs to resign from the current job and organization for implementation of INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship.

Scholarship Amount

Type No of Seats Amount (Rs)
Inspire Award 1,00,000 INR 10,000
Inspire Internship 50,000 Summer Camp
Scholarship 10,000 INR 80,000/Year
Inspire Fellowship 1000 INR 31,000/Month
& INR 20,000/Year
Inspire Faculty Award 1000 INR 7 Lakh/Year

After the selection, the amount of scholarship is directly credited to the bank account of the candidate by Direct Beneficiary Transfer.

Tenure of Scholarship

Type Tenure
Inspire Award Yearly
Inspire Internship Yearly
Scholarship for Higher Education Entire Course
Maximum 5 Years
Inspire Fellowship 5 Years
Inspire Faculty Award 5 Years

Application Form

The eligible and interested candidates can apply through the official website To apply online follow the steps given below.

How to Apply

Step 1: Registration
  • To apply online, you have to visit the official website of Inspire portal managed by the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of India.
  • Firstly, the candidate has to Register themselves on the official website.
  •  So, Register yourself as "New User", where you have to submit; Name, Mobile No., etc. After successful registration, a popup will show your User Name & Password. (Note down it)
Step 2: Enter your Personal/Academic Details
  • Log in to the portal by entering the Registered Email ID as User Name and the registered password and follow the link as "Scholarship >> Apply for Scholarship".
  • The application form will be opened, where you have to enter your all details such as personal and educational details.
Step 3: Upload Photograph/Documents
  • In this step, you have to upload Passport Size Photograph, Community/Caste Certificate, Mark Sheets, 
  • Also, upload Certificate specifying Rank or Award in JEE (Main)/ JEE (Advanced)/ NEET/ KVPY /JBNSTS/ NTSE / International Olympic Medallists (If any).
  • Endorsement Form signed by the Principal of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the University.
Step 4: Declaration & Final Submit
  • In this step, you have to check "Yes/No" box as you are not availing any other scholarship.
  • Check the declaration button, all the information submitted by you is true.
  • Enter Place, Date and Verification Code (Captcha).
  • At last, hit the submit button. (You can Modify/Edit your application after submit.)

Key Dates

ActivityLast Date
Last Date for Scheme for
Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS)
Coming Soon
Last Date for Scholarship for
Higher Education (SHE)
Coming Soon
Last Date for Assured Opportunity for
Research Careers (AORC)

Helpline/ Contact Details

For any kind of query, candidates can contact either by Phone No or Email. 

Phone No: +91-9643339670, +91-7290045884
Email Id:
Official Website:

Contact by Email

Query through Email Must Include prefix to mention the type of scholarship.

INTERNSHIP - Internship Program
SHE - Scholarship for Higher Education Program
FELLOWSHIP - Fellowship Program
FACULTY - Faculty Program
GENERAL - Any General query about INSPIRE program.

Your Email Subject Must be In the Format, Example
Email Subject: [SHE] - Question/Query that you would  like to ask

If not in this format no reply has been made by the department.

Official Address

Inspire Programme Division
Department of Science and Technology,
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi- 110016

Here, you get full information about Inspire Scholarship 2019. Those candidates who are looking their career in the field of Science and technology can apply for this scheme.

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