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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.
The application forms are available at inspire-dst.gov.in 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.
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).
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 research||August 28, 2018|
|Last date of submission of forms||September 30, 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:
Note: Students from following group are not eligible to apply:
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-
No hardcopy of application form is accepted. Candidates need to apply only in the online mode.
Note: All documents should be in pdf format.
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.
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.
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