Unlock Your Potential with the INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) 2023
Are you a meritorious student aspiring to study the fundamental sciences and embark on a rewarding research career in India? If so, the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Scheme Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) might be your golden ticket to success. In this article, we’ll explore the exciting opportunities presented by the INSPIRE-SHE scholarship and guide you through the application process.
What is INSPIRE-SHE?
The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has spearheaded several groundbreaking initiatives to attract exceptional students to pursue basic and natural sciences at the college and university levels. These initiatives aim to cultivate research careers in both fundamental and applied scientific fields, including engineering, medicine, agriculture, and veterinary sciences. The INSPIRE-SHE scholarship is one of the remarkable components of the INSPIRE scheme designed to nurture young talent.
Who is Eligible INSPIRE-SHE?
To be eligible for the INSPIRE-SHE scholarship, you must meet one of the following criteria:
(a) Top 1% in Class XII Examination: Meritorious students who have achieved an aggregate score within the top 1% in their Class XII examination in 2023 from any State/Central Board in India can apply. Additionally, you must be pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the B.Sc., B.S., and Int. M.Sc./M.S. level.
(b) Competitive Exam Rank: If you have secured a rank within the top 10,000 in competitive exams like JEE (Main)/JEE (Advanced), NEET (AIPMT), NTSE, JBNSTS, or are an International Olympiad medalist, and are currently pursuing Natural and Basic Science courses at the B.Sc., B.S., Int. M.Sc./M.S. level, you are eligible.
(c) NTSE, JBNSTS, or Olympiad Scholars: NTSE scholars, Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars, and International Olympiad medalists who are pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s level courses in Natural and Basic Sciences can also apply.
Please note that students who passed the Class XII examination in previous years are not eligible for this scholarship.
INSPIRE-SHE Scholarship Benefits
Under the INSPIRE-SHE component, selected candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of ₹5,000/- (₹60,000 per annum) along with a mentorship grant of ₹20,000/- per annum.
How to Apply for INSPIRE-SHE 2023
Interested and eligible candidates must apply through the online mode only. Here are the steps to apply:
- Visit the INSPIRE web-portal at https://www.online-inspire.gov.in.
- Register on the portal and submit your application online. Ensure you read the guidelines available on the portal carefully before submission.
- The application portal will be open from 10th September 2023 to 09th November 2023 (till 23:59 hrs. IST) for submission.
- For inquiries regarding INSPIRE-SHE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0124-6690020 and 0124-6690021.
Documents Required for INSPIRE-SHE
Before filling out the application form, make sure to scan and store the following documents as separate files, which need to be uploaded during the online application process:
- Passport size photograph (JPEG, maximum 50 KB).
- Class X Mark Sheet or Certificate (PDF, 1 MB) for proof of Date of Birth.
- Class XII Mark Sheet (PDF, 1 MB).
- Endorsement Form signed by the Principal of College/Director of Institute/Registrar of University (PDF, 1 MB).
- Eligibility Note/Advisory Note (if provided by the State/Central Board, PDF, 1 MB).
- Certificate specifying Rank or Award in IIT-JEE/AIPMT/NEET/JBNSTS/NTSE/International Olympic Medalists (if applicable, PDF, 1 MB).
- Community/Caste Certificate (if applicable, PDF, 1 MB).
- Any other supporting documents (PDF, 1 MB).
Application Deadline for INSPIRE-SHE
The last date for submitting your application is 09th November 2023.
Scope of INSPIRE Scholarship
The INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing B.Sc./B.S./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. courses covers a wide range of Basic and Natural Sciences subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, and many more. Check Annexure-1 for the full list of eligible subjects.
Top 1% Cut-off Marks (Class XII Examination – Year 2022)
For your reference, here are the top 1% cut-off marks of various boards in the Class XII examination held in 2022 (indicative data):
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Please note that the cut-off marks for the year 2023 for respective boards will be finalized by DST based on the Board Inclusive Model.
Instructions for Filling Online Application for INSPIRE-SHE
- Applications must be submitted through online mode only.
- The online application submission process will begin on 10th September 2023 and will be available until 09th November 2023 (till 23:59 hrs. IST).
- Visit https://www.online-inspire.gov.in for the online application process.
- Applicants are advised to take a printout of the submitted online application for their records. Do not send applications or documents by post.
- Ensure your application is complete and all essential documents are attached.
- Use your valid and functional email address for application submission.
- Do not submit multiple applications. Verify all details before submission.
- The Endorsement Form template is available on the INSPIRE-SHE announcement for download.
- Any legal proceedings or disputes arising from this scholarship can be lodged only in Delhi Courts/Tribunals/Forums.
The INSPIRE-SHE scholarship is your gateway to a bright future in the field of basic and natural sciences. Don’t miss this opportunity to fuel your passion for science and research. Apply now and take the first step towards a rewarding academic journey.