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  1. INSPIRE Internship
  2. Scholarship for Higher Education
  3. INSPIRE Fellowship Scheme
  4. INSPIRE Faculty Scheme

INSPIRE Internship

  1. What is the objective of organizing INSPIRE Internship camp.

    The objective of organizing the INSPIRE Internship camp is to reveal the joys of innovation to the talented youth of the nation to pursue study in science and career in Research and Development.
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  2. Who can organize INSPIRE INTERNSHIP Camp ?

    Institutes/Degree Colleges/ Universities can organize INSPIRE Internship Science Camps.
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  3. What is the Eligibility of the Program Coordinator?

    Program Coordinator of the proposed INSPIRE Internship camp should be a regular faculty/employee of the respective Institute with science background.
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  4. Who can Participate in these Camps?

    Students within the eligibility criteria (Given on the website http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in) in Class X of respective Education Boards and pursuing 11th in Science discipline.
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  5. Whether 12th standard students can participate in the INSPIRE INTERNSHIP Camp?

    12th Students can participate in the INSPIRE INTERNSHIP Camp before the declaration of result of class X each year.
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  6. What is the budget of organizing INSPIRE Internship Science Camp?

    Maximum budget for a science camp is based on the number of participating students with a ceiling of maximum to the sanctioned strength i.e., at the rate of Rs.6500 per Student. This cost is inclusive of all expenses. No additional grant will be sanctioned beyond the norms.
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  7. What is the minimum and maximum size of the INSPIRE Internship Science Camp?

    The minimum and maximum INSPIRE Internship Science Camp limit is not there. It depends on the infrastructural capacity of the organizing institute. But preferred camp size is 150 students participation.
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  8. How many mentors needs to be called for a camp ?

    10-12 eminent mentors covering the disciplines Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, Earth Sciences and Mathematical Science needs to be called.
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  9. What is the infrastructural requirement for organizing the INSPIRE Internship Camp?

    The infrastructural requirement for organizing the INSPIRE Internship Camp is lab infrastructure in the area of Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, Earth Sciences and Mathematical Sciences etc., Auditorium with sound system, Guest House, Hostel accommodation for boys and girls.
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  10. Should the nature of INSPIRE Internship Science Camp necessarily residential .

    Yes, It should be residential in nature.
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  11. After the approval of INSPIRE Internship Science camp, when will be the grant released?

    Initial grant will be release within two months of date of commencement of Program after seeking its formal approval following the normal approval process. The final installment will be received upon receipt of the INSPIRE Internship Science camp completion report.
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Scholarship for Higher Education

  1. Scholarship for Higher Education.

    Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a component scheme under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), which is a flagship programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It aims to engage young talents for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research as a career and to augment youth to undertake higher education in Science intensive courses by providing scholarships to deserving students. Under this scheme SHE, 10,000 scholarships, each valued at Rs. 80,000/- are announced annually for students pursuing Bachelors and Masters level courses in Basic and Natural Sciences .
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  2. Who can apply for SHE? What are the eligibility criteria for availing these scholarships?

    (a) Students with aggregate marks within top 1% of their Class XII examination of any State/ Central Board in India are eligible. In addition, the student must be pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS level.

    1. Those students who have secured ranks in the JEE of IIT, AIPMT (within top 10000 ranks), and are presently pursuing Natural and Basic Science courses in India at the BSc, BS, Int.MSc/MS level.
    2. Students pursuing Integrated M.S. courses at IISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and International Olympiad medalists pursuing Bachelor/ Master level courses in Natural Sciences.
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  3. What courses are eligible for the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship?

    The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course: (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) Biology, (5) Statistics, (6) Geology, (7) Astrophysics, (8) Astronomy, (9) Electronics, (10) Botany, (11) Zoology, (12) Bio-chemistry, (13) Anthropology, (14) Microbiology, (15) Geophysics, (16) Geochemistry, (17) Atmospheric Sciences & (18) Oceanic Sciences. The student must be enrolled into the aforementioned BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int.MS courses before applying for INSPIRE Scholarship. Courses other than these subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defense Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Home Science, Geography, Economics, Education (including B.Sc.-B.Ed. dual degree course), Bio-technology, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Bio-informatics, Instrumentation, Information Technology, Physical Education, courses in Distance Education mode at the Open Universities and other professional courses are NOT supported.
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  4. How much is my SHE valued?

    The scholarship is valued at Rs. 80,000/- per annum. Each candidate will receive annual scholarship total value of Rs. 60,000/- in cash. All the SHE scholars are required to undertake summer research projects under an active researcher in any recognized research centers across India. A summer time attachment fee of Rs. 20,000/- will be paid as Mentorship every year.
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  5. What is the tenure of INSPIRE-SHE?

    Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years, starting from the 1st year BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int.MS or until the completion of the course, whichever is earlier.
    Continuation of the scholarship for the selected candidates is based on good academic performance in the examinations conducted by the University and upon the recommendation by the Head of the Institution.
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  6. When should I apply for SHE?

    Only candidates who have completed their XII standard in the year 2013 and are currently enrolled in BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS degrees, in Natural and Basic Sciences (in subjects listed above) can apply.
    The call for applications will be advertised in major newspapers. Also check our website http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in for regular updates. The online application link can be found here:http://www.online-inspire.gov.in or at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
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  7. How should I apply for the scholarship?

    One can apply for the scholarship through online or offline modes. However, online mode of application is preferred. To apply online, please follow this link http://www.online-inspire.gov.in. The guidelines for online applications are given here.
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  8. What documents should I submit along with the application form?

    The following documents are mandatory

    1. Application Form with photograph (in case of offline applications)
    2. Class XII Mark Sheets
    3. Class X Mark Sheet/Certificate (for proof of date of birth)
    4. Endorsement Certificate as per the prescribed format, signed by the Principal of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the University
    5. Eligibility Note/Advisory Note (if provided by the State/Central Board)
    6. Certificate specifying Rank or Award in JEE (Main)/ JEE (Advanced)/ NEET/ KVPY /JBNSTS/ NTSE / International Olympic Medalists (if the candidate is eligible under this criterion)
    7. Please note that incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. No claims or representations will be entertained regarding the same.
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  9. When will I be intimated of my selection?

    As we receive a large number of applications, the selection process on an average takes at least four months from the last date of submission of the application
    All selected candidates shall receive an Email notification informing that they are selected for the scholarship. The selected students are required to log into the online portal to download the offer letter.
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  10. I am selected for SHE but I have not received any official letter. What should I do?

    Please Log in to the online portal. If you are selected, the offer letter will be available in your dashboard.
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  11. In your letter you have pointed out that I should mention my registration number in all my correspondences. Where shall I find this number?

    The Registration number here refers to the Scholar’s INSPIRE/SHE registration number provided by the DST (not the scholar’s B.Sc. or M.Sc. or University’s registration number). The INSPIRE/SHE registration number is indicated in the initial scholarship offer letter.
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  12. How will I receive my scholarship?

    For the 2011, 2012 & subsequent batch scholars, the scholarship will be transferred to the scholar’s State Bank of India (SBI) bank account directly.
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  13. How to send the Bank Account details to the DST? [For 2011&subsequent Batches]

    The 2011, 2012 & subsequent batch scholars should open a regular Savings Bank Account in any branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) (ONLY). The account must be in your name only . Joint Accounts will not be accepted. Accounts in any other bank other than the SBI will not be accepted.
    After opening the account in SBI, kindly fill in the SBI-Proforma available on the website and post it along with the first page of your SBI bank Passbook to the DST . Please do not forget to sign these documents. Non-attested documents shall be rejected.
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  14. What documents should I submit to receive the scholarship?

    For the release of the scholarship, one should submit year wise Performance Report and Mark Sheet of his/her BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS course. The blank format of the Performance report can be found on our website http://www.online-inspire.gov.in or in our online portal http://www.online-inspire.gov.in/.
    The Performance report must be signed by the Head of the Institution. The Head of the Institution here refers to (a) Vice-Chancellor/Registrar/Dean of Science in case of Universities and (b) Principal/Vice-Principal, Proctor and Officer-in-Charge in case of colleges. Attestation of the endorsement forms by officers other than those mentioned above (such as Head of the Department, Section officers, Student welfare officers, etc.) will NOT be accepted.
    The Head of the Institution should clearly mention whether the scholarship should be continued or discontinued for that academic year.
    A photocopy of the Mark Sheets (annual/two semesters) received from the University must be enclosed along with the Performance Report. Provisional mark sheets and result sheets downloaded from the internet shall not be accepted.
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  15. When should I submit the documents?

    The annual Performance Reports and Mark sheets (annual/two semesters) should be submitted as soon as the results of the respective examinations are announced. The scholarship will be released only after the receipt of the Performance Report and mark sheets.
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  16. When will I receive the scholarship?

    Initially, the scholarship will be released only after the receipt of I year BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS Performance Reports and mark sheets. Provided your academic performance is satisfactory, two years of scholarship (i.e. Rs. 1,20,000/-) shall be released during your second year of your B.Sc./Int. M.Sc. course.
    In the following years, the scholarship will be released after the receipt of yearly Performance Reports and Mark sheets.
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  17. I am an INSPIRE scholar currently pursuing my first year BSc/BS/Int.MSc/Int.MS course. I have discontinued my course. Will my scholarship be continued?

    The offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will be summarily withdrawn if you discontinue the course. Even if you rejoin the course in the following academic year, the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will stand withdrawn. No representations in this regard shall be entertained.
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  18. I have received my scholarship for the first and second year. What documents should I send to receive my scholarship for the third year?

    You should send the following documents to continue the scholarship.
    (a) Performance report for second year BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS course signed and attested by the Head of the Institution and (b) Self-signed copy of marks sheet of your BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS annual/Semester examination.
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  19. I am an INSPIRE Scholar and I have sent all the relevant documents for the continuation of my scholarship. I am yet to receive my scholarship amount. What should I do?

    Please note that it usually takes eight to 10 weeks to release the scholarship after the receipt of relevant documents. If you have NOT received the scholarship even after three months of sending the relevant documents, please write to she.inspire-dst@nic.in.

    Generally DST will withhold the scholarship due to any of the following reasons:
    (a) Scholar has not submitted his/her Performance Reports/Mark Sheets
    (b) Failure or poor performance in B.Sc. or M.Sc. examinations.
    (b)   Scholar has not informed about M.Sc. enrollment (as applicable).
    The scholarship will be released as soon as the above mentioned concerns have been addressed.
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  20. I have failed in my BSc/ BS/ Int. MSc/Int.MS course. Will the scholarship be continued?

    For continuation of Scholarship at any stage at B.Sc. or M.Sc. level, you need to consistently perform better and secure minimum First class or CGPA ≥ 6.0 (on a 10 point scale or its equivalent) in the University level examination.
    If you have failed or secured a CGPA score of less than 6.0 (on a 10 point scale or its equivalent) in the BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int.MS examination, the scholarship for that academic year shall be forfeited. The scholarship will be resumed in the next year only if your academic performance is satisfactory.
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  21. I could not attend my annual/semester University examination. Will the scholarship be continued?

    In such a case, one year of scholarship will be forfeited. The scholarship will be resumed in the next year, provided your academic performance is good (see above question).
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  22. I am an INSPIRE Scholar and have completed my B.Sc. in Natural Sciences and I wish to pursue my M.Sc. What documents should I send to extend my scholarship?

    After three years of B.Sc. program, students may join M.Sc. course (Natural and Basic Sciences only) anywhere in the country and provide us with proof of enrollment in the M.Sc. course. The blank format of the same can be found in this link: http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in/MSc_enroll_certf.pdf. Please note that M.Tech. courses are NOT supported.
    The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing M.Sc. course:
    1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) Biology, (5) Statistics, (6) Geology, (7) Astrophysics, (8) Astronomy, (9) Electronics, (10) Botany, (11) Zoology, (12) Bio-chemistry, (13) Anthropology, (14) Microbiology, (15) Geophysics, (16) Geochemistry, (17) Atmospheric Sciences & (18) Oceanic Sciences.
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  23. I have completed my B.Sc. course. I wish to avail one year break from studies before joining M.Sc. course. Will my scholarship be continued?

    In such a case, the scholarship will NOT be continued.
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  24. Can you explain the terms of Summer Projects to be undertaken by all the INSPIRE scholars?

    In order to inculcate scientific values and develop scientific temper, the scholars are required to enroll in a Summer Research Project every year during the summer holidays, in recognized research centers of their choice across India, preferably outside their parent institutions.
    Under INSPIRE-SHE, Rs. 20,000/- per annum is provided as Mentorship to the INSPIRE scholar, to undertake Summer Research Programmes. The mentorship will be transferred to your bank account. After completion of the project, the scholar should send the following documents to the DST:
    (a) A letter attested by the Research Guide where the scholar is enrolled for the project and
    (b) A report outlining the objectives and results of the project.
    The minimum tenure of the project must be six to eight weeks. The duration of the project must be clearly mentioned in the project report. The guidelines for the Summer Research Mentorship can be found in this link:
    http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in/Mentorship_Guidelines.pdf
    Note: Group projects are not acceptable.
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  25. I am availing Scholarship from the State and Central Government. Am I eligible for INSPIRE/SHE Scholarship?

    One cannot avail more than one scholarship concurrently. It is therefore advised that the candidate choose the scholarship he/she wishes to avail and inform the DST at the earliest. If the scholar wishes to avail the INSPIRE/SHE Scholarship, documentary evidence (such as Scholarship surrender certificate) must be produced so as to ascertain that he/she is not availing scholarships from any other sources.
    Please note that if the scholar is found to be availing scholarship from other sources, the offer of INSPIRE Scholarship will be summarily withdrawn and the scholar is liable to return the entire scholarship amount availed thus far from DST-INSPIRE.
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  26. What is SMART CARD? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    The scholarship is given by means of SMART Card to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Batch students only. Smart card is like any other ATM card, specially designed by the State Bank of India (SBI) to disperse the scholarships to the selected candidates. The scholars can withdraw their scholarship from the SBI ATMs across India. The 2011, 2012 and subsequent batch students need NOT apply for the SMART Card as the scholarship will be released directly to their bank accounts.
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  27. What documents should I send to receive my SMART card? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    As soon as you receive your offer letter from the DST, the following documents should be sent by the selected scholars of 2008-2010 batches.

    1. Filled e-Z application form. The blank format of the e-Z application form can be found here in this link http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
    2. Self-attested copy of Proof of Residence (Permanent address).
    3. Self attested copy of Proof of Photo Identity.
    Please do not forget to self attest these documents. Non-attested documents shall be rejected and will inevitably delay the issue of the SMART card. Also write your INSPIRE registration number on top of the documents you are sending.
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  28. What documents are acceptable for my Identity and Address proofs? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    The list of documents that are acceptable for the address and identity proof is given here.http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in. You need to provide ONLY ONE document each for address and identity proof. Please do not forget to Self-attest these documents.
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  29. Where should I send my completed e-Z forms? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    Completed e-Z forms along with the requisite documents should be sent to the following address: Ms. Rupashree Dash, Scientist ‘B’, INSPIRE Programme Division, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi- 110016.
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  30. I have sent my e-Z forms and all the necessary documents to the DST but I have not received my SMART card. What should I do? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    As we receive a large number of applications, the process of issuing the SMART card on an average takes at least two months from the date of receipt of the e-Z forms and the documents.
    In case you have not received your SMART card even after three months, please write to she.inspire-dst@nic.in .
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  31. I have received my SMART card. What should I do next? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    Please fill the acknowledgement form we have enclosed and post it to (1) AGM, Institutional Division, New Delhi Main Branch, Parliament Street, New Delhi- 110001 and
    (2) Ms. Rupashree Dash , DST, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road New Delhi -110016.
    Only after the receiving the acknowledgement receipts, the SBI will release the scholarship. Therefore, posting the hard copy of the acknowledgement to the SBI is a must.
    Each SMART CARD has a maximum limit of only Rs 50,000 at any given time. 2008-2010 batch scholars are therefore advised check their balance periodically and make withdrawals after each re-charge and leave a balance of less than Rs 20,000 . This helps SBI re-charge your next installments on your SMART Card. The subsequent installment(s) will be recharged in the next ten to twelve days.
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  32. I have lost my SMART card and its PIN number. How to obtain a duplicate SMART card? (For 2008-2010 Batches only)

    (a) If your SMART Card is lost, kindly register a complaint with the local Police Station immediately and contact the SBI to block the SMART Card.
    (b) Send a request for a duplicate card along with the photocopy of the registered FIR to Dr. S.V. Prasanna, INSPIRE Programme Division, Technology Bhawan, DST, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi- 110016. E-mail: she.inspire-dst@nic.in .
    (c) If your SMART Card is damaged or not working, kindly return the defective card by Post to Dr. S.V. Prasanna at the above address. The duplicate card will be issued in four to six weeks after the receipt of the defective card.
    (d) For loss of T-PIN and other issues, kindly write to Dr. S.V. Prasanna at she.inspire-dst@nic.in .
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INSPIRE Fellowship Scheme

  1. What is INSPIRE Fellowship?

    It is the 4th Component of INSPIRE Program under Assured Opportunities in Research Career (AORC) Scheme launched by the Government of India to strengthen the National Science and Technology base. It is being implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). This Component is focused on attraction of student to pursue doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in science or bachelor/ masters’ degree in engineering/ applied sciences.
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  2. Who are eligible for application under INSPIRE Fellowship scheme?

    INSPIRE Fellowship, is offered to
    i) An INSPIRE Scholar who has secured minimum 65% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in 10 point scale) in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M. Sc Course ,
    ii) First Rank holders in Post Graduate Degrees in Basic & Applied Sciences OR Graduate Degree in Engineering Sciences/ Medical Sciences/ Pharmaceutical Sciences/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences of any recognized Indian University or Institute/ Statutory Body in India, which is eligible for admission to the PhD Program in any recognized University/ academic Institutions in the country.
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  3. When can we apply for INSPIRE Fellowship?

    Beginning of every year the scheme is announced in Newspapers, Websites etc. to seek applications from eligible students in that year and applications are open for submission through-out the year. Processing of received applications would be done on first cum first service basis up to the provision of 1000 INSPIRE Fellowships every year to offer eligible students. Also check our website http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in for regular updates. The online application link can be found here: http://www.online-inspire.gov.in or at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in
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  4. How should I apply for INSPIRE Fellowship Scheme? 

    One can apply for the Fellowship scheme through online or offline modes. However, online mode of application is preferred. To apply online, please visit the link http://www.online-inspire.gov.in and follow the guidelines as given therein.
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  5. Is it mandatory to produce the Rank certificate in the INSPIRE Fellowship format or we can submit what we have received from institution?

    Yes, it is mandatory to produce the Rank certificate in INSPIRE Fellowship Format (Format provided at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in). However, there will no scope of accepting any Provisional Rank certificate or marksheet to consider this offer.

  6. What is the selection procedure?

    Selection for INSPIRE Fellowship shall be purely on the basis of academic merit of the candidate, choice of the Supervisor, Host Institutions and the Research Proposal. Applications would be screened by two levels of screening committees.
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  7. What is the difference between Provisional Offer and Final Offer of INSPIRE Fellowship?

    Provisional Offer: Students who are eligible for INSPIRE Fellowship but not admitted for PhD program, would get provisional selection and they will be given one year validity to gain admission into PhD program.
    Final Offer: Students who are eligible for INSPIRE Fellowship as well as got admitted for PhD program would be given final offer of INSPIRE Fellowship.
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  8. What is the tenure of this Fellowship?

    The Fellowship shall be tenable for a maximum period of five years or completion of the PhD program (i.e. up to the date of final defend of the PhD Thesis), whichever is earlier. This includes the tenure of fellowship awarded by any other agencies and availed by the Fellow, prior to availing INSPIRE Fellowship. The fellowship shall be governed by administrative norms and guidelines of Host University during the total tenure.
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  9. What would be our designation after selection under INSPIRE Fellowship?

    The entry in INSPIRE Fellowship would be only as JRF/JRF-P there is no any direct entry into SRF/SRF-P. The Junior Research Fellow (JRF) or Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under this scheme shall be termed as 'INSPIRE Fellow'. INSPIRE Fellows with 3+2 duration of graduation and post graduation degrees, will be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship in basic science (JRF) and with 4+2 duration will be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship in Professional Science (JRF-P).
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  10. What is the amount of Fellowship?

    The Fellowship shall be governed through the Office Memorandum of this Ministry of Number A.20020/11/97-IFD dated 6th August 2007 and 31st March 2010 http://dst.gov.in/whats_new/whats_new10/fellowship10.pdf and shall be liable to be revised from time to time as per Government Order. Medical Benefits and other allowances would also be governed by this memorandum. However, the HRA to the Fellows shall also be applicable as per GoI norms i.e. 30% or 20% or 10%, depending upon the location of the Host Institution.
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  11. What are the norms for contingency Expenditure?

    Expenditure of contingency grant would be governed as per host institution norms. The unspent balance of contingency grant at the end of a year may be carried forward to the next year.
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  12. Where will be the amount of Fellowship transferred?

    Fellowship amount to selected students transfers to the host-institution where students are pursuing PhD program. The Sanction Letter regarding the Fellowship Fund transfer would be sent to student as well as to Host University.
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  13. What is this CPSMS?

    The Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System (CPSMS) is a Central Sector Plan Scheme of the Planning Commission which is being implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts in partnership with National Informatics Centre. The scheme has established a common transaction-based on-line fund management and payment system and MIS for the Plan Schemes of Government of India.
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  14. Is it mandatory that Host Institute should be registered under CPSMS for receiving the Fellowship amount?

    Yes, it is mandatory.
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  15. What will be my effective date of INSPIRE Fellowship?

    The Effective Date of availing INSPIRE Fellowship would be as under:

    1. Fresh applicants who have already taken admission into PhD course prior to submission of application, the date of acceptance or joining or switching over from any other fellowship to INSPIRE Fellowship will be the Effective Date. However in any case the Effective Date would not be given earlier than the date of application received at the DST.
    2. Applicant who will be placed under “Provisional Selection (P)” or “Clarification (P1)” or “Rejection (R )” category during the selection process and subsequently issued “Final Offer” by gaining admission into PhD or by virtue of accepting clarification/ representation at the DST-INSPIRE, the date of issuing Final Offer” will be the Effective Date” for the INSPIRE Fellowship.
    3. If student fails to submit the acceptance of Final Offer within 3 months from the date of issuing the Final offer, the effective date would be given only after the date of approval of submitted documents and if fails to submit acceptance of Final Offer even within 6 months from the Final offer date, the INSPIRE Fellowship Offer shall be forfeited.

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  16. What is the procedure to transfer the Fellowship from one host institute to another host institute?

    Please confirm your host institution very carefully to activate your INSPIRE Fellowship. An INSPIRE Fellow once accepted the offer for implementing Fellowship at a particular University/ Institute/ Laboratory in the country shall not be allowed for transferring the Fellowship to any other University/ Institute / Laboratory in the country during 5 years of Fellowship tenure. However, in unavoidable situation for continuation of PhD works, the Fellow must seek prior permission from DST-INSPIRE Program Division for transferring/ shifting of Host Institute through written applications with following documents:

    1. No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from both Host Institutes and Research Supervisors,
    2. Detailed Justifications for changing / shifting of Host Institute for implementation of Fellowship,
    3. Area of PhD works with an up to date technical Progress Report,
    4. CV of the Research Supervisor at the new Host Institute,
    5. Up to date Financial Statement from the old Host Institute

    However, shifting/ change of Host Institute without prior approval from DSTINSPIRE may be called for withdrawn of the INSPIRE Fellowship. Moreover, such shifting/ change of Host Institute may be allowed only one time in 5 years period of Fellowship tenure and within one year of effective of Fellowship at that Host Institute. If INSPIRE fellow leaves without permission, stipend due at any time shall not be paid to him/her by the Institution, till all University and other dues are cleared and certified by the University/Institution. Responsibility in such cases shall be that of the University/Institution concerned.
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  17. I am in Government service but I have the eligibility for INSPIRE Fellowship, am I eligible for INSPIRE Fellowship or not?

    With the prior permission (Leave without pay, at least for three years) from the Employer to pursue PhD program, you can apply for INSPIRE Fellowship for doing PhD. (During the tenure of INSPIRE Fellowship, the Fellow should not be entitled for any payment from the Employer).
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  18. I am already receiving other fellowship what should I do for switching over to INSPIRE Fellowship?

    When you receive the Final offer under INSPIRE Fellowship please resign from the previous fellowship for switching over into INSPIRE Fellowship and put these details into Acceptance letter (Format provided at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in). Please do not resign unless you receive the Final Offer of INSPIRE Fellowship.
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  19. I have received an invitation for doing a short internship program which is relevant to my PhD degree, Can I avail this short term internship during my INSPIRE Fellowship tenure?

    INSPIRE Fellow shall be allowed for availing short-term Research Internship activities at any national or international Laboratory/ University/ Institute up to a maximum period of 18 months either in one or multiple slots during 5 years of Fellowship tenure. However, the Fellow shall be required to inform DST-INSPIRE along with recommendation of PhD Research Supervisor as well as confirmation from Research Internship provider for obtaining prior permission. In the event that the Fellow receives financial support of the overseas institution, the INSPIRE Fellowship for the period of Overseas stay will not be remitted.
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  20. I have to attend an International Conference, would INSPIRE Fellowship pay to and fro journey fare charges?

    There is no such provision of payment of fare charges of any international or national conference during the tenure. However, you may seek financial support through other sources.
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  21. What should be done for getting next installment of my Fellowship?

    INSPIRE Fellows need to submit Utilization Certificate, Statement of Expenditure and Annual Report as per the formats available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in, at the end of every year through Host Institute for receiving the next installment.
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  22. When will I eligible for up grading my Fellowship from JRF/JRF-P to SRF/SRF-P?

    The up-gradation of Fellowship status i.e. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) would normally be considered after two (2) years of INSPIRE Fellowship at JRF level through performance assessment on the progress made in the PhD program. However, this performance assessment can also be conducted at any time after completion of one year at JRF level with acceptance of at least one publication (1st Authorship) in any peer-reviewed journal by the INSPIRE Fellow out of the PhD work done at that Host Institute (within one year).
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  23. What is the procedure of up gradation from JRF/JRF-P to SRF/SRF-P?

    For up-gradation of Fellowship status, a three (3) Members Committee needs to be constituted by the Host Institute’s Vice-Chancellor of the University/ Director of the Institute to assess the progress of concerned INSPIRE Fellow. The composition of said Committee would be one Member (drawn from the list of Chair-Persons & Expert Members available at the INSPIRE Website http://inspire-dst.gov.in/List_of_Chairpersons_Members.pdf,)besides the Research Supervisor of the concerned INSPIRE Fellow and one Internal Faculty as Member of the Committee. The assessment shall be carried out by the Host Institute/ University as per above process and upon assessment, the Research Supervisor shall be required to submit the `Assessment Report’ (Format available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in ) of the Committee along with the progress Report of the concerned Fellow to DST-INSPIRE Division for further actions. The expenditure related to such assessment shall not be borne under DST INSPIRE. (Please note at least one of the three members of the committee should be drawn from outside the host institution.). The costs for such assessment shall not be provided by INSPIRE. In case of conducting assessment after 2 years positioning as JRF, the date of assessment shall be considered as the effective date for SRF. Otherwise, the effective date would be only after the completion of eligible period as JRF. However, there will be no scope for retrospective effect in any situation.
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  24. I got the Job please tell me what is the procedure to discontinue my INSPIRE Fellowship?

    You have to submit complete financial statements (SE & UC) with Completion report. Any unspent amount should be returned by Demand Draft in Favor of “DST-INSPIRE Program” Payable at State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch”. (Format of SE, UC & Annual Report is available at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in)
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  25. I have completed my PhD under INSPIRE Fellowship, What next to do?

    You have to submit complete financial statements (SE & UC) with thesis soft copy (Only in CD). Any unspent amount should be returned by Demand Draft in Favor of “DST-INSPIRE Program” Payable at State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch”.
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  26. I am INSPIRE Fellow, I got a government job. Can I join my job and hold my INSPIRE fellowship for some period? I want to join INSPIRE Fellowship again after completing my probation period of job, with permission from Employer?

    If you join government job, there is no such provision of holding INSPIRE Fellowship and rejoining again after some period. Your Fellowship will be discontinued from the date of joining of job. Then you need to follow the procedure of discontinuation of the INSPIRE Fellowship. (Procedure given in 24th point)
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  27. What are the other things which I need to remember during my tenure under INSPIRE Fellowship?

    1. All kind of required blank formats for INSPIRE Fellowship are also available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in
    2. Keep checking the website and registered email for any updates.
    3. Acknowledge the financial support of DST in your all published research papers under INSPIRE Fellowship and also in PhD thesis.
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INSPIRE Faculty Scheme

  1. INSPIRE Faculty Scheme

    INSPIRE Faculty Scheme is a component under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), which is a flagship programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It offers a contractual research awards to young achievers and opportunity for independent research in the near term and emerge as a leader in future science & technology. The guideline of this component is available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
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  2. Who can apply for INSPIRE Faculty Scheme? What are the eligibility criteria for availing INSPIRE Faculty Scheme?

    Indian citizens and people of Indian origin including NRI/PIO status with PhD (in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture related subjects) from any recognized university in the world. Those who have submitted their PhD Theses and are awaiting award of the degree are also eligible. However, the award will be conveyed only after confirmation of the awarding the PhD degree.
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  3. What is the tenure of INSPIRE Faculty Scheme?

    The INSPIRE Faculty Award is tenable for a maximum period of 5 (five) years and no further extension will be given as per existing rules.
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  4. When should I apply for INSPIRE Faculty Scheme?

    Calls for applications are advertised two times in a year i.e. January and July in major newspapers. Also check our website http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in for regular updates. The online application link can be found here: http://www.online-inspire.gov.in or at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in or at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
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  5. What is the number of INSPIRE Faculty Award per year?

    The Scheme provides a provision of maximum 1000 INSPIRE Faculty Awards per year subject to rigorous and transparent criteria basis met by the potential aspirants.
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  6. How should I apply for INSPIRE Faculty Scheme? 

    One can apply for the faculty scheme through online or offline modes. However, online mode of application is preferred. To apply online, please follow this link http://www.online-inspire.gov.in here.
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  7. What are the different modes of application for INSPIRE Faculty Scheme?

    Three routes i.e. Direct, Nomination and Institution mode are available for applying by the eligible candidates. Call for applications are advertised two times in a year for Direct and Nomination mode. However, Institute mode applications can be submitted throughout the year.
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  8. How can I apply for ‘Institute’ mode?

    Under `Institution Mode’ candidates may directly approach reputed academic institutes and the host academic Institute shall be required to adopt their own internal process and mechanism as available, before forwarding names of short-listed candidates for final selection by the Apex Committee. List of Chairpersons and Members for Institute mode is available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
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  9. How can I apply for ‘Nomination’ mode?

    Nominations from academic institutions or Industry R&D through Vice-Chancellors/ Directors of Institutions/ Head of Institutions/ Presidents and Fellows of Science Academies or Eminent Scientists from India and Abroad based on personal knowledge needs to be sent in a sealed envelope to Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi.
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  10. What is the upper age limit? Is there any age relaxation?

    The upper age limit as on last date of submission of application should be 32 years. However, for SC and ST candidates upper age limit will be 35 years.
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  11. How much is the amount of INSPIRE Faculty Award?

    Each Awardee shall receive compensation of Rs 80,000/- per month with 3.3% increment every year which is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor of an IIT at the time of entry along with Rs 35 lakh (at the rate of Rs 7 lakh per year) of Research Grant for 5 years.
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  12. How can I utilize the Research Grant?

    The Research Grant of Rs. 35 lakh for 5 years at the rate of Rs 7 lakh per year shall be trifurcated into three broad budget heads with the following Break-up:

    1. Recurring (Research Staff Cost , Travel, Consumables & Contingencies) - 60%
    2. Capital Equipment - 35%
    3. Overhead - 5%.

    However, Travel and Contingencies would be limited to 10% each.
    Each Awardee needs to provide proposal with detailed break up as above for utilization of Research Grant to DST-INSPIRE. Awardee/ Host Institution needs to adhere the approved break up for entire period of 5 years.
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  13. I am already having a permanent position. Am I eligible to apply?

    Candidates who are employed (in any form i.e. permanent, contractual) with any organization within India will be eligible to apply. However, they will be considered only for the Research Grant component of the INSPIRE Faculty Award scheme.
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  14. What happens to my Award amount, if I get a permanent position during Award tenure?

    When an Awardee finds a permanent position during the Award tenure of 5 years, the Award amount shall be discontinued from the day the Awardee joins the permanent position. But the awardee may continue with the INSPIRE Faculty Scheme availing only the Research Grant for the balance period to carry out research at the new position.
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  15. Whether there is any provision for taking research staff out of the Research Grant?

    Provision is available for supporting a research staff out of Research Grant support during the award tenure of 5 years. In the event of getting employment elsewhere other than the present Host Institute, the Awardee could also be allowed to move the research student along with him/her to new place within the country.
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  16. During the tenure of Faculty Award can I apply for projects from other funding agencies?

    The INSPIRE Faculty is eligible for applying for any competitive grants from all funding agencies during the tenure of the INSPIRE Faculty position and would be favorably considered by DST for future support at the end of 5 years based on performance and technical merit.
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  17. During the tenure of Faculty Award can I make National or International visits?

    Awardee shall be eligible to undertake short-term visit at any national or international Laboratory/ University/ Institute for further exposure and training to carry out research activities up to a maximum period of 18 months either in one or multiple slots during 5 years of Award tenure. However, this period will be treated as part of the Award period and it can be availed only after one year of positioning at the Host Institute.
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  18. Where can I implement the INSPIRE Faculty Award?

    The INSPIRE Faculty Award is generally required to be implemented at any recognized Institute/ University/ Laboratory in the country other than the Institute/ University/ Laboratory where the candidate has completed his/her PhD degree.
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  19. What is the method employed for Selection?

    1. Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi in coordination with DST implements this INSPIRE Faculty Scheme up to the selection of candidates for awarding INSPIRE Faculty Award.
    2. A two-tier selection process i.e. Discipline-based Expert Committee in case of candidates under `Direct’ and `Nomination’ routes and Institutional level short-listing in `Institutional route’ followed by final selection by the Apex Level Committee.
    3. Discipline-wise committees of INSA evaluate and shortlist the candidates who apply through Direct and Nominated Routes without support from host-institutions.
    4. Reputed academic institutions enjoying the status of Centre of Excellence like IITs, IISc, IISERs, TIFR, CSIR Laboratories etc. and Central & State Universities selected under PURSE scheme of DST could employ their own internal processes to short-list candidates and submit the list for final selection by the Apex Committee.
    5. The Apex Committee shall finally select short-listed candidates for offering INSPIRE Faculty Award under this Scheme and decision of the Apex Committee for selecting candidates in this Scheme shall be the final.
    6. Candidates, who have not identified host institutions at the time of their application, should do so immediately after their final selection. All selected candidates should avail the INSPIRE Faculty Award within 3 months of their final selection.
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  20. What are the roles and requirements of Host Institutions?

    1. Host institutions should be encouraged to provide a congenial atmosphere for the awardees to excel in their work, and should view them as potential assets for faculty development
    2. Under no circumstances the “INSPIRE Faculty” Award is renewable after 5 years. Host-institutions are expected to consider “INSPIRE Faculty” for permanent positions in due course, subject to meeting institutions’ performance assessment criteria.
    3. In-breeding by host-institution is generally not encouraged. However, in case host-institutions are willing to nominate their own PhD students under this Scheme, specific justifications and commitment for development of independent directions of research should be clearly delineated.
    4. Host Institute shall provide access to all common infrastructural facilities including equipments, Computational facility and library, acceptable laboratory and office space during the tenure of the Award.
    5. Host Institute assumes to undertake the financial and other management responsibilities for implementation of the INSPIRE Faculty Award for 5 years on behalf of the Awardee and shall be responsible for all accounting purposes with the DST-INSPIRE Program. Host Institute will be required to provide Financial Statements every year to consider releasing next installment to Awardee.

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  21. Minimum information/ commitment required from Host Institutions?

    1. Access to all common infrastructural facilities, acceptable laboratory and office space ( independently or on shared basis), computing, library access, etc.,
    2. Information on whether desirable new areas/directions of research are being introduced through this scheme,
    3. Information on whether the INSPIRE Faculty will be allowed to supervise PhD students, hire research fellows, independently or jointly with a permanent faculty member,
    4. Host-institution’s willingness to consider the candidate for a permanent position in due course, subject to meeting statutory requirements.

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  22. How many numbers of days leave am I entitled in a year?

    During the tenure an awardee will be governed by rules and regulations of Host Institute regarding all types of leave or any other matters related to Faculty Award.
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  23. Is the Faculty Award Amount Taxable?

    Yes, as per Income Tax act, it is taxable.
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  24. What documents a faculty awardee need to submit after receiving the offer letter?

    1. Undertaking signed by Awardee and Host Institute
    2. Bank detail of Host Institute
    3. Breakup on usage of Research Grant
    4. Joining Report
    The blank formats are available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in.
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  25. Is there any Breakup of Award amount?

    Award amount is consolidated (all inclusive). Break-up will not be feasible to provide.
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  26. How will I receive Award amount and Research Grant after submitting required documents? 

    The Faculty Award amount and Research Grant will be transferred to the Host Institute annually. Copy of the sanction letter will be sent to awardee as well as Host Institute.
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  27. When to submit reports and when evaluation will be done?

    Awardee shall be required to submit Annual Progress Report to DST- Indian National Science Academy (INSA) INSPIRE Cell. Performance evaluation at the end of two (2) and 4 (four) years shall be done on the progress of research achieved by a national level Expert Committee and further continuation of support to each Awardee shall depend upon the performance assessment by the Committee.
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  28. What I need to do to get next installment?

    Awardees need to submit Utilization Certificate, Statement of Expenditure and Annual Report as per the formats available at http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in, at the end of every year through Host Institute for receiving the next installment.
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