By Unknown - November 21, 2016

INSPIRE award/scholarship for school students from the Department of Science and Technology, India 


INSPIRE stands for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research, which is an innovative scheme to promote science education and research in the country so that young minds of the Nation can experience the joy of doing innovation and research, and make new discoveries and solve mysteries. INSPIRE was started by the Department of Science and Technology way back in 2008.

This groundbreaking scheme has three components (first two available for school students):

(i) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS) aims to attract talented youth to study science by providing INSPIRE Award of Rs 5000 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 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 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. 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. 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. 

Please visit to know about guidelines and how to apply for INSPIRE awards. 

Please visit to know about guidelines and how to apply for INSPIRE scholarship.
INSPIRE Internship

"Motivating talented youth to take-up research as a personal undertaking" by rubbing shoulders with global icons of science including Nobel Prize Winners, is the objective of INSPIRE Internship. This component of the programme aims at working as a life-long catalysing experience for the 11th graders in science stream.

Questions? Don't forget to have a look at the FAQ section of INSPIRE programme (

So, please forward this to any school going child/school teacher/parent in your locality. Your one small step can inspire a child to become a scientist and serve mankind using science. 

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