INSPIRE Scholarship 2021 - Eligibility, Application Process, Awards and Benefits

Last Modified: 21 May 2024

The Department of Science and Technology started the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) program to provide financial assistance for higher studies. Students who wish to pursue graduation in Basic and Natural Sciences subjects can submit applications to earn scholarship awards. This Government of India initiative supports meritorious students belonging to the underprivileged section of society. For details about the Inspire scholarship benefits, eligibility, application process, etc., go through the complete article.

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 2021 Latest Notification - The application form for the academic year 2021-22 will begin in the first week of November 2021. Stay up-to-date with all the information related to this scholarship by subscribing to ExamsPlanner.

Inspire Scholarship - Quick Overview

Scholarship Name

Inspire Scholarship

Scholarship Provider

Department of Science and Technology

Scholarship Type

Merit-Based Scholarship

For Class / Course

Undergraduate, Graduate


Last week of December 2021

Award/ Benefits

  • ? 5,000 for school students
  • ? 80,000 per annum for graduation

Age Limit

10 - 27 Years


All (No Limitation)

Application Process


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Inspire Scholarship: Quick Overview

Deadline 31 Dec 2021
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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INSPIRE Scholarship 2021 - Important Dates

Find the important dates related to the scholarship in the table below:

Exam Events

Tentative Dates

Online application process begins

1st week of November 2021

Last date for application submission

Last week of December 2021

Scholarship result date

Last week of June 2022

Scholarship cutoff date

Last week of June 2022

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Inspire Scholarship - Eligibility Criteria

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

  • The applicant should have passed class 12th in 2021 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 ranks either in the JEE or the NEET exam are eligible for this scholarship.
  • The candidate should be pursuing a Natural or Basic science course.

Courses not supported under the Scheme

  • Courses in Medicine, Psychology, Agriculture, Engineering, Seed Technology, Anthropology, Military Science, Home Science, Defense Studies, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Geography, Physical Education, Economics, Education, Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer applications, Instrumentation are NOT supported under the scheme.
  • Students under the Distance Education system are not eligible.

Benefits under the Inspire 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 in India.

Important Documents

Scanned images of the following documents are to be uploaded while filling the application form:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Class 10th mark sheet
  • Class 12th mark sheet
  • Caste Certificate (for OBC/ SC/ ST)
  • Rank certificate of national level competitive entrance exam (if applying under this category)
  • Certificate of KVPY/ NTSE/ JBNSTS/ International Olympic (if applying under this category)
  • Endorsement form signed by Principal/ Registrar/ Director of current institute/ college university
  • Eligibility Note/ Advisory Note (not mandatory)
  • Other documents

How to Apply for 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 printout of the application form for future reference.
  • Hit Submit.

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 a few details for the shortlisting of the scholars:

  • The 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).