INSPIRE Scholarship 2021 for SHE. INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a scholarship programme implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
‘SHE’ is a scholarship scheme that comes under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a flagship programme of DST. Meant for meritorious students undertaking bachelor’s and master’s courses in Natural and Basic Sciences, INSPIRE Scholarship offers 10,000 scholarships every year.
Under SHE, each selected ‘Intermediate Passed/ Class XXI Passed’ candidate receives Rs.80,000/- annually for pursuing any subject of Natural or Basic Sciences.
Inter Board Secretary said in a statement that the deadline for applying for the National Scholarship for SHE offered by the Union Ministry of Education has been extended to 31st of December month for those who have achieved merit in Intermediate.
A list of 52,740 students, who were initially selected, had been placed on the Telangana Intermediate Board website and all of them were eligible to apply.
The applications for INSPIRE Scholarship generally start in the month of November and continue till December. The last date to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship for the academic year 2020-21 was 31st December 2020. The students are advised to keep a check on its official website to get the latest updates about the scholarship.
The Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi, has been implementing a Special Programme for attraction of talents for study of Science and careers in research.
The Programme is called “Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE). Under the ‘INSPIRE’ Scheme a component Programme is “Scholarship for Higher Education” (SHE). The Scholarships are limited only to the candidates studying courses in Natural / Basic Sciences in any one of the recognized institutions in India.
Eligible candidates will receive annual scholarship at total value of Rs.80,000/- per candidate, based on top 1% performance in IPE, March 2021 (Intermediate Course) of the total number of students appeared. The approved distribution formula for each Board is pro-rata on the total number of candidates appeared for each Board visa-a-vis to the number of students appeared in the class-XII examinations in the entire country.
The top 1% of IPE, March 2020 candidates list of college is sent herewith along with “Advisory note to the candidate for Eligibility in Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE), component under INSPIRE Scheme” as per the marks secured in IPE March 2021.
The Principals of colleges will hand over the Advisory Note to the concerned student. The details of the Scheme and other instructions are provided in Advisory Note circulated to the students through the Junior College concerned.
Any further information and details sought under this Scheme are available at the website: online-inspire.gov.in or may approach the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110016 only.
INSPIRE Scholarship 2021
|Scholarship Name||INSPIRE Scholarship 2021|
|SHE||Scholarship for Higher Education under Inspire Programme|
|Title||INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education|
|Subject||DST, GOI has released INSPIRE Scholarship Notification|
|Issuing Agency||Ministry of Science and Technology|
|Scholarship Level||National Level|
|Name of the Department||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Registrations||01-11-2020 to 31-12-2020|
Details of INSPIRE Scholarship (SHE)
INSPIRE Scholarship Rewards: Under the scheme SHE, each selected candidate gets a scholarship amount valued at Rs.80,000/- per annum for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research as a career.
The maximum period for which the students can avail the benefits of this scholarship is five years or till the completion of the course (whichever is earlier). Find below the complete details of the benefits granted under this scholarship.
Awards & Benefits of INSPIRE Scholarship
Total Scholarship Value is Rs.80,000/- per annum. Each candidate will receive annual scholarship at Rs.5000/- per month total value of Rs.60,000/-.
All the SHE scholars are required to undertake summer research projects under an active researcher in any recognized research centers across India.
A summer time attachment fee of Rs.20,000/- will be paid as Mentorship every year. The scholars have to submit the project report and Certificate from mentor after the completion of the project in due course of time.
Inspire Scholarship Value (Rs.80000/-) = Annual Scholarship (Rs.60000/-)+ Mentorship (Rs.20000/-)
|Total Scholarship Value||Benefits|
|Rs.80,000/- per annum||(a) Cash payable to selected students is Rs.60,000 per annum @ Rs.5000/- per month.|
(b) Rs.20,000/ as summer time attachment fee is paid to those candidates who undertake summer time research project.
INSPIRE Scholarship Important Dates:
The scholarship would be announced every year during the mid of October and ends at the end of the month of December. INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education 2020 has been announced.
|Online application starts||1st November 2020|
|Online application closes||31st December 2020|
|Release of list of shortlisted candidates||April/May|
Eligibility Criteria for INSPIRE Scholarship: In order to apply for SHE, the applicants must have passed class 12 in 2020 (only) and pursuing courses in Natural Sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. level. Given below is the detailed information about the eligibility criteria of this scholarship.
The applicant must be within the age group of 17-22 years. The candidate must be among the top 1% of the successful students in terms of aggregate marks in his/her class 12 board exam.
The applicant must be enrolled in courses of Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Integrated MSc/MS level in the same year of passing class 12.
The applicants who are among the top 10,000 rankers in Joint Entrance Examination of IIT, AIEEE (top 20,000 rankers) & cleared CBSE-Medical (AIPTM) and have opted to study Natural/Basic Sciences are eligible.
The candidates who are admitted to Indian Institutes 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 for pursuing courses in Natural/Basic Sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree are also eligible.
The applicants who are KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Olympiad Medalists and Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholar and are pursuing courses in Natural/Basic Sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree are eligible.
Subjects under the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship
|S.No.||Name of subjects|
The applications for INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) are accepted online through the online portal of the INSPIRE Programme. Given below is the complete guideline on how to apply for the scholarship.
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 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 all the required 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 the ‘Print Preview’ button. He/She must make sure that all the details and uploaded documents are correct.
Step 8: Now, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Submit’ button to submit the application.
Step 9: After the final submission of the online scholarship application form, the candidate must take the print out of the submitted application for his/her record.
While applying for the Scholarship for Higher Education, applicants need to submit some important documents in support of their application lack of which might lead to their rejection. Find below the list of all the important documents that a candidate needs to upload while filling his/her scholarship application.
Important Documents of INSPIRE Scholarship
|Name of Document||Type and size of file|
|Applicant’s passport size photograph||JPEG format with size not more than 50 KB|
|Community/caste certificate in case the applicant belongs to OBC/SC/ST category||PDF format with size not more than 1 MB|
|Eligibility note or advisory note if provided by the State/Central Board||PDF format with size not more than 1 MB|
|Class 12th mark sheet||PDF format with size not more than 1 MB|
|Class 10th mark sheet or certificate (for proof of Date of Birth)||PDF format with size not more than 1 MB|
|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|
|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|
|First page of applicant’s SBI bank passbook||PDF format with size not more than 1 MB|
All the scholarship applications sent by the potential INSPIRE scholars are evaluated on the basis of the specified eligibility criteria. On the basis of this evaluation, a list of shortlisted candidates is prepared.
The list of shortlisted candidates is displayed on the online portal of INSPIRE and also on the website of the INSPIRE programme.
The selected students need to download their provisional offer letter from the online portal of INSPIRE.
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).
Renewal of INSPIRE Scholarship
For the continuation of SHE scholarship in the subsequent years, INSPIRE scholars need to fulfil the criteria mentioned below.
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).
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 for INSPIRE Scholarship
There are a few rules 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 SHE scholarship.
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 the 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 a 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.
What is INSPIRE Scholarship SHE?
Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a component scheme under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), which is a flagship programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
What is the full form of INSPIRE?
The term INSPIRE refers to Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research.
What is the aim of INSPIRE Scholarship SHE?
INSPIRE Scholarship aims to engage young talents for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research as a career and to augment youth to undertake higher education in Science intensive courses by providing scholarships to deserving students.
Under this scheme SHE, 12,000 scholarships (From SHE-2017 onwards), each valued at Rs.80,000/- are announced annually for students pursuing Bachelors and Masters level courses in Basic and Natural Sciences.
How much is INSPIRE Scholarship SHE valued?
The INSPIRE scholarship is valued at Rs. 80,000/- per annum.
What courses are eligible for the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship?
The above mentioned subjects in Table under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course.
What courses are not eligible for the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship?
Above mentioned Courses in table other than these subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defense Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Anthropology, Home Science, Geography, Economics, Education (including B.Sc.-B.Ed. dual degree course), Bio-technology, 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.
Who can apply for INSPIRE Scholarship SHE? What are the eligibility criteria for availing these scholarships?
(a) Meritorious Students with aggregate marks within top 1% of their Class XII examination of any State/ Central Board in India are eligible. In addition, the student must be pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS level.
(b) Those students who have secured ranks in the JEE of IIT, AIPMT (within top 10000 ranks), and are presently pursuing Natural and Basic Science courses in India at the BSc, BS, Int.MSc/MS level.
(c) Students pursuing Integrated M.S. courses at IISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences, Kishore Vaigyanik 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.
In the case of receiving more than 12,000 eligible applications in the given year, the selection will be on the basis of Board inclusive model within the available number of Scholarships in that year.
Who can apply for INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education?
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.
How many INSPIRE scholarships are disbursed every year?
10,000 scholarships at the rate of INR 80,000 per students are disbursed every year.
When should a student apply for INSPIRE SHE?
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.
How to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship?
The applicants can apply online for SHE scholarship through the online portal of INSPIRE.
When will students know about their result for the SHE Scholarship?
The selection process usually takes a period of at least four months due to the large volume of applications.
What should the applicant do if he/she gets selected but has not received the provisional offer letter?
The applicant login to the online portal of INSPIRE – http://www.online-inspire.gov.in/ where he/she will find the offer letter in his/her dashboard.
Where can they find the registration number?
Since applicants are instructed to mention their registration number in all their correspondences. The students can find their INSPIRE registration number in the initial scholarship offer letter.
What happens in case the INSPIRE scholar discontinues it afterwards?
The INSPIRE scholar who is pursuing 1st year BSc/BS/Int.MSc/Int.MS course discontinues it afterwards, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn summarily and even after re-joining the course the offer will stand withdrawn.
When is the last date to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship?
31st December 2020 is the last date to apply for INSPIRE Scholarship.
What are the conditions of Summer projects to be undertaken by all the INSPIRE scholars?
It is mandatory for INSPIRE scholars to enrol 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 the group project is not accepted. The scholars must send the following documents to the DST:
1. An attested letter by the Research Guide where the INSPIRE scholar is enrolled for the summer project
2. A report stating the objectives and results of the project
Generation and nurturing of a human talent pool capable of utilizing and developing first principles in science is both a pre-condition and integral part of such an innovation infrastructure. An India specific model for attracting talent with an aptitude for research and innovation, for a career in Basic & Natural sciences is required.
Department of Science & Technology (DST) has developed an innovative programme named Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) to attract talent to the excitement and study of science at an early age, and to help the country build the required critical resource pool for strengthening and expanding the S&T system and R&D base with a long term foresight.
Government of India has approved the INSPIRE Scheme in November 2008 at a total cost of about Rs.1979.25 crores in the 11th Plan Period and Honourable Prime Minister launched the programme on 13th December 2008. The programme is continuing in the 12th Plan period at a budgetary allocation of Rs.2200 crores.
INSPIRE has three components:
(i) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS),
(ii) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) and
(iii) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC).
(i) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS) aims to attract talented youth to study science by providing (a) INSPIRE Award of Rs.10000 to one million young learners of the age group 10-15 years, ranging from Class VI to Class X standards, and also by arranging summer camps for about 50,000 science students of Class XI with global leaders in science to experience the joy of innovations on an annual basis through (b) INSPIRE Internship.
(ii) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) aims to enhance rates of attachment of talented youth to undertake higher education in science intensive programmes, by providing scholarships and mentorship.
The INSPIRE Scholarship scheme offers 10,000 Scholarship every year at Rs.0.80 lakh per year for the talented youth in the age group 17-22 years, for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in natural sciences. The main feature of the scheme is the mentorship support provided to every scholar.
(iii) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) aims to attract, attach, retain and nourish talented young scientific Human Resource for strengthening the R&D foundation and base. It has two sub-components. In the first component i.e. (a) INSPIRE Fellowship (age group of 22-27 years), it offers 1000 fellowships every year, for carrying out doctoral degree in both basic and applied sciences including engineering and medicine.
In the second component i.e. (b) INSPIRE Faculty Scheme, it offers assured opportunity every year for 1000 post- doctoral researchers in the age group of 27-32 years, through contractual and tenure track positions for 5 years in both basic and applied sciences area. Source: INSPIRE Program Web Portal