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INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research Through GATE

Last Updated - October 09, 2017

The Ministry of Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology has invited applications under INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research). It offers financial support in the form of a Fellowship equivalent to NET/GATE fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship/Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate. GATE, GATE 2018, GATE Financial ASsistance

The application forms are available at from August 28, 2017 onwards. The last date to submit the online application form is September 30, 2017. Candidates with a valid GATE Score can avail the benefit of GATE financial assistantship.

Any student who qualifies the GATE after the date of recruitment will not be eligible for grant of scholarship.

About INSPIRE Fellowship

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research or more popularly “INSPIRE" is an innovative program, incepted to attract young talent to study Science. It is managed and sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) under Ministry of Science and Technology.

In order to promote science and technology in the country, DST introduced the program INSPIRE so as to give a chance to the talented youths of the country to get involved to the creative aspects of science and to study science at an early age. The basic objective is to strengthen and expand the Science & Technology system and Research & Development base of India.

One unique feature of this program is that it does not hold any competitive exams to shortlist talented youths at any level. Rather, it relies and believes on the capability of the present educational structure for identification of talent.

The INSPIRE scheme was approved by the Government of India in November 2008 in the 11th Economic Plan period. The total cost allocated was Rs 1979.25 crores. In the 12th plan period, a budgetary allocation of Rs. 2200 crores was given.

INSPIRE program offers scholarships, guides and internships to students every year for pursuing science, right from the school (class 6 to class 10) to college education at Bachelor and Masters level to doctoral research in the Natural & Basic sciences. INSPIRE Fellowship for doctoral research is equivalent to NET/GATE Fellowship (Junior and Senior Research fellowship).

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Three components of INSPIRE-

  • Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS): Here, one million young students in the age group of 10-15 years, ranging from Class VI to Class X standards are attracted to study science by providing INSPIRE Award of Rs 5000 each. Summer camps for about 50,000 science students of Class XI are also arranged every year through INSPIRE Internship, where these student meet and interact with global leaders in science to experience the joy of innovations in science.
  • Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE): The aim of this scheme is to increase the number of talented students to undertake higher education in science intensive programs. Here, INSPIRE scholarships are offered to 10,000 students in the age group 17-22 years every year for pursuing Bachelor and Masters level education in the Natural & Basic sciences. The eligible students are given a scholarship of Rs. 80,000 each. Also mentorship support is provided to every student.
  • Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC): The third component of INSPIRE is to attract, retain and nourish young science students to strengthen the R&D foundation and base. INSPIRE Fellowship is provided to 1000 students in the age group of 22-27 years every year, for pursuing doctoral degree in both basic and applied sciences including engineering and medicine. The other is the INSPIRE Faculty Scheme which offers assured contractual and tenure track positions in both basic and applied sciences area for 5 years to 1000 post- doctoral students in the age group of 27-32 years.

Important Dates for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research through GATE 2018

The table given below elucidates the date of commencement of online application form for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research through GATE 2018 and the last date of submission of application form-

Availability of Application Forms for INSPIRE scholarship for doctoral researchAugust 28, 2018
Last date of submission of formsSeptember 30, 2018

Eligibility Criteria for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research through GATE 2018

Candidates after completion of their post-graduation degree in Science are eligible to apply for INSPIRE fellowship. Candidates having a valid score of GATE 2018 will be eligible for availing GATE financial assistance. The eligibility criteria for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research are as follows:

  • Candidates having secured minimum 65% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA at M.Sc. or Integrated MS/ M.Sc. course are eligible to apply.
  • University level First Rank holders in the PG Degrees in Basic/Applied Sciences/Engineering or Graduate Degree in Medicinal Sciences, Agricultural sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Veterinary Sciences from any recognized Indian University or Institute can apply for INSPIRE Fellowship.

Note: Students from following group are not eligible to apply:

  • First rank holder students in college including Autonomous College Examination
  • PG degree holders through Distance Education
  • First rank holder in MSc second last year

How to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research through GATE 2018?

All post graduate students in science and medicine can apply for scholarship, referred as INSPIRE Fellowship for pursuing doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences. Students need to apply through on-line mode only. Given below are the steps to apply for INSPIRE scholarship for doctoral research through GATE 2018-

  • Visit the official website INSPIRE scholarship
  • “Sign In” on the website. The “Sign In” box is on the right side of home page.
  • Click on the link ‘Register here’ and fill all the required fields.
  • Once you are registered, you need to login with your registered login ID and password.
  • Click on Application Form and carefully fill with all the relevant details.
  • After filling the Application Form, the candidates need to submit it. This should be done on or before the last date of submission.
  • Take a print-out of the filled Application form further use.
  • Incomplete or wrongly filled up application form with missing documents will be rejected 

No hardcopy of application form is accepted. Candidates need to apply only in the online mode. 

Documents to be submitted along with application form are as follows:

  • Passport size photograph (JPEG format) Size: 50 KB
  • Age certificate
  • Mark sheets of educational qualifications
  • For CGPA graded marksheet, CGPA equivalent percentage should be mentioned. No provisional mark sheet will be acceptable.
  • First Rank Certificate for applicants who are not INSPIRE Scholars
  • Appointment letter if employed.

Note: All documents should be in pdf format.

Selection Procedure for INSPIRE Scholarship for Doctoral Research through GATE 2018

Selection for INSPIRE Fellowship shall be purely on the basis of academic merit of the candidate, choice of the Supervisor, Host Institutions and the Research Proposal. Applications would be screened by two levels of Committees.

  • The internal committee does the screening of eligible applications.
  • The expert committee does the final selection of candidates.
  • The entire selection process takes around 6 months time starting from the last date of submission of application form.
  • Selected candidates will be communicated through the online web portal ( only. No printed offer letter will be sent to the candidate by post.

INSPIRE Fellowship is offered to eligible students in two stages:

Provisional Offer: This is offered to those who did not have admission into the doctoral course during the application stage. Here, application forms are scrutinized for selection along with the submitted documents. 

Final Offer: This is offered to those who have admitted into Ph.D. prior to submitting the application. This is made by evaluating the application form on the basis of academic performance, research proposal, host institution etc.

Contact Details

INSPIRE Programme Division

Department of Science and Technology,

Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,

New Delhi – 110 016





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