Complete your Higher Studies with INSPIRE Scholarship 2020

Last Updated : 06 Nov 2020
Inspire Scholarship

The Department of Science and Technology started the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) program. Students who wish to pursue graduation can submit applications to earn scholarship award. This Government of India initiative supports meritorious students belonging to the underprivileged section of the society.

The scholarship has three components:  -

  • Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS): The scholarship award is worth ₹ 5000 for one million young students from age 10-15 years (classes 6th to 10th). About 50000 science students of class 11th also get to participate in summers camps with global leaders in science on an annual basis through INSPIRE Internship.
  • Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE): Over 10,000 students from ages 17-22 years receive this scholarship. The talented youth gets ₹ 80,000 annually for pursuing Bachelor and Masters level education in natural sciences. Moreover, every scholar gets mentorship support.
  • Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORS): It is a fellowship for scholars in the age group, 22-27 years. The program offers 1000 scholarships every year for carrying out a doctoral degree in both basic and applied sciences including engineering and medicine.

INSPIRE Scholarship 2020 Latest Notification - The application form for the academic year 2020-21 has been released now. The last date to submit entry for the scheme is 31st December 2020. Stay up-to-date with all the information related to this scholarship by subscribing to Exams Planner.

Inspire Scholarship: Quick Overview

Deadline 31 Dec 2020
Class / Course Undergraduates, Graduate
Scholarship Type Under Graduate, Graduate
Awarded Amount ₹ 5,000 for school students and ₹ 80,000 per annum for graduation
Age Limit 10 - 27 Years
Gender All
Religion All
State All
Country India
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Available Application Forms

Eligibility Criteria

Meeting the eligibility criteria mentioned below is necessary for each student: -

  • The applicant should have passed class 12th in 2020 from a well-known State or Central Board in India.
  • The candidate should be among the top 1% in the Class 12th examination.
  • Those students who have secured the top 10,000 rank either in the JEE or the NEET exam are eligible for this scholarship.
  • The candidate should be pursuing a Natural or the Basic science course.

Benefits under the Scholarship

There are a total of 10,000 scholarships available under this program. Specific benefits include: -

  • Children from classes 6th to 10th get a stipend of ₹ 5,000 to participate in the Science programme.
  • Those applicants who opt to pursue Bachelors and Masters in Science get ₹ 80,000 on an annual basis.
  • All the selected candidates need to undertake summer research projects under the guidance of an active researcher in a recognised research center of India.

INSPIRE Scholarship Important Documents 2020

Find below the table indicating the dates of the scholarship



Start Date of Online application

1st November 2020

Closing Date of Online application

31st December 2020

Release date of the list of shortlisted students

April-May 2021

How to Apply INSPIRE Scholarship -

The quick and easy steps to apply for the scholarship are: -

  • Visit the official INSPIRE website.
  • On the left side of the Home Page, click on the ‘Scholarship’ option under the Announcement section.
  • Download the guidelines files and proceed to fill the application form
  • Click on the ‘Sign In’ button from the right-hand side of the home page.
  • Register as a new user or enter log-in details if you are already a member.
  • After logging in, start filling the form with accurate details
  • Upload a passport size photograph
  • Attach all the necessary documents
  • Take a print out of the application form for future reference.
  • Hit Submit.

Essential Documents

Every student has to submit these documents to complete the application process: -

  • Class 12th mark sheet
  • Class 10th mark sheet and Certificate to prove Date of Birth
  • College admission letter (duly signed on the official letterhead)
  • A certificate which clearly shows Rank or Award

INSPIRE Scholarship Selection Procedure

All the applications sent by the candidates are judged on the basis of the defined eligibility criteria. On the basis of this, a list of shortlisted applicants is prepared. Here are the few details for the shortlisting of the scholars:

  • Shortlisted candidates list is presented on the online portal of INSPIRE and also on the website of the INSPIRE program.
  • The picked students have to download their provisional offer letter from the online portal of INSPIRE.
  • The shortlisted candidates also need to upload the important documents on their web portal within the mentioned timeline for further consideration.
  • The chosen candidates will receive their scholarship rewards directly into their State Bank of India (SBI) bank account through DBT (Direct Bank Transfer).