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Call for applications under INSPIRE Fellowship - 2022

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Call for applications under INSPIRE Fellowship

Department of Science & Technology (DST) has taken several pioneering initiatives for attracting meritorious students to study basic and natural sciences at the college and university level, and to pursue research careers in both basic and applied science areas including engineering, medicine, agriculture and veterinary sciences through various components under INSPIRE.

Innovation in Scientific Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), offers standing opportunity for pursuing Doctoral Research at any recognized University or Institute in India through Fellowships at same level as National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified candidates. INSPIRE Fellowship component of INSPIRE Programme is focused on attraction of students to pursue regular doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either Masters’ degree in Science/ Applied Science/ Engineering or Bachelors’/ Masters’ degree in Medicine.

Applications are invited for the year 2022, from eligible candidates within the age group 22-27 years for Fellowship under INSPIRE Fellowship component of INSPIRE scheme of DST through the web-portal.

Eligibility :
(a) INSPIRE Scholar having secured minimum 70% marks (or CGPA equivalent) in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S. / M.Sc.
(b) 1st Rank Holder with minimum 70% marks (or CGPA equivalent) at University level examination in Post- Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/Applied Sciences including Engineering, Pharmacy, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences from any recognized University and academic Institutions (Excluding Autonomous Colleges) in India.
(c) 1st Rank Holder at University level examination in Graduate/Post-graduate Degree in Medicine only from any recognized Indian University or Institute/Statutory Body in India.

Please Note that Students who i) are 1st Rank Holder in College including Autonomous College Examination, ii) have obtained degree (s) through Distance Education Mode and iii) are 1st Rank Holder in any specialization given at M.Sc. 2nd/ last year, are not eligible for the offer of INSPIRE Fellowship.
Candidates who are Indian Citizens and have acquired their eligibility for INSPIRE Fellowship during the years 2021 and 2022 are eligible to apply.

The Fellowship amount under INSPIRE Fellowship is as per GoI norms of fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship/ Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate. There is a provision of 1000 INSPIRE Fellowships to be offered to eligible students against the INSPIRE Fellowship-2022 call and each Fellowship is tenable for a maximum period of five years or completion of the PhD degree, whichever is earlier. This Fellowship shall not be available to pursue M.Sc. or M.Phil. or M. Tech. course while pursing Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D./ M. Phil.-Ph.D./ M. Tech.-Ph.D. courses.

How to apply
Interested and eligible students must apply and submit their application with all essential documents through ONLINE mode only. Applications are to be submitted online on INSPIRE web-portal interested in submitting application have to register at this portal and submit the application online. Please read guidelines available on the portal carefully before submitting the application. This web- portal will be open from 25th November 2022 to 10th January, 2023 (till 23:59 hrs. IST) for submission of applications. For further enquiries regarding INSPIRE-Fellowship component, please send email to:

Selection Process
Selection from among the eligible applicants is done in two stages i.e. Level I and Level II.
1. Applicants who are already admitted to Ph.D. Program in S&T prior to submitting application and selected at both Level I & Level II, will be awarded the Final Offer for the INSPIRE Fellowship.
2. Applicants who have not admitted to Ph.D. Program in S&T prior to submitting application and get selected at Level I, will be awarded a Provisional Offer for INSPIRE Fellowship. The Provisional Offer is made on the basis of scrutiny of application along with required documents (Level I) submitted by the applicant. However, the Final Offer is made on the basis of evaluation of the application at Level II considering
i) Academic merit
ii) Host Institution including Research Supervisor profile and
iii) the detailed Research Proposal by the Subject Expert Committee (s). At Level II Evaluation process, applicants need to secure a qualifying score/cutoff based on the Subject Expert Committee(s) recommendations and approval of the Competent Authority. The cut-off marks may vary based on the competitive framework of the selection process. Also, it is important to note that the Provisional Offer does not guarantee the award of INSPIRE Fellowship

Instructions for filling Online Application
1. Applications must be submitted through online mode only. No application will be accepted in other than online mode.
2. To apply Online, please visit the website : and follow the process prescribed therein.
3. Online application submission process shall start on 25th November 2022 and will be available up to 10th January 2023 (till 23:59 hrs. IST). Please click the link below to download the guidelines for filling up On-line applications: Announcement
4. Applicants are advised to take a print out of submitted online application for own records. Please do not send application or any other documents by Post.
5. Incomplete or wrongly filled up application or application lacking essential documents shall be summarily rejected.
6. Applicant’s own valid and functional email address must be used for submission of online application. Status of application shall be informed only through INSPIRE Web Portal. Applicant needs to login into own (registered) account to view the status.
7. Do not submit more than one application. Please ensure that all aspects of application are correct before submitting.
8 Any legal proceedings in respect to any matter of claim or dispute arising out of this advertisement and/or application can be lodged only in Delhi Courts/ Tribunals/ Forums. Delhi Courts/Tribunal/Forums only shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction to try any case/dispute

Last Date of Application Submission : 10th January, 2023

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