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

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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  12. Do I have to wait for my bank details to be approved

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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, 12,000 scholarships (From SHE-2017 onwards), 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) Meritorious 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.
    (b) 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.
    (c) 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.

    In the case of receiving more than 12,000 eligible applications in the given year, the selection will be on the basis of Board inclusive model within the available number of Scholarships in that year.
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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.
    Courses other than these subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defense Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Anthropology, 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 @ Rs. 5000/- per month total value of Rs. 60,000/- . 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. The scholars have to submit the project report and Certificate from mentor after the completion of the project in due course of time.
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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 and are enrolled in BSc, BS, Int. MSc/MS degrees, in Natural and Basic Sciences (in subjects listed above) in same year can apply.
    The call for applications will be advertised in major newspapers. Also check our website http://www.online-inspire.gov.in/ for regular updates. The online application link can be found here:http://www.online-inspire.gov.in
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  7. How should I apply for the scholarship?

    One can apply for the scholarship through online mode only. 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. Class XII Mark Sheets
    2. Class X Mark Sheet/Certificate (for proof of date of birth)
    3. Endorsement Certificate as per the prescribed format, signed by the Principal of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the University (mandatory)
    4. Eligibility Note/Advisory Note (if provided by the State/Central Board) (not mandatory)
    5. 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)
    6. 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 a Provisional Offer letter on their web portal informing that they are selected for the scholarship. The selected students are required to log into the online portal to download the offer letter. The list of selected and rejected students will also be displayed on home page of INSPIRE website. The selected candidates have to upload the required documents on their web-portal in prescribed time period (time period mentioned in offer letter) for further consideration.
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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?

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

    The scholars should open a regular Normal 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. Also link your given bank account with Aadhar. After opening the account in SBI, upload the first page of your SBI bank Passbook to the DST on your web portal. 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 in our online portal www.inspire-dst.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 self-attested photocopy of the Mark Sheets (annual/individual semesters) received from the College/University must be enclosed along with the Performance Report. Provisional mark sheets and result sheets downloaded from the internet shall not be accepted. However, Self-attested Internet mark sheet duly attested by Controller of Examination or Registrar of College/University is acceptable only in the case of non-availability of original mark sheets.

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  15. When should I submit the documents?

    a) a) 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 approval of the Performance Report and mark sheets as per the norms. The Scholar shall submit above referred documents altogether. Scholarship will not be processed in case any one of the aforementioned documents is not submitted.
    b) Scholars are advised to submit their yearly Mark-sheets and performance related documents on-time, preferably within 2 months of announcement of yearly results to facilitate the payment of scholarship by DST-INSPIRE. However, keeping in view the diverse time schedules of the examinations in Universities across the country, scholars are permitted a maximum period of twelve (12) months to submit their Performance Report and Mark-sheets for a given completed academic year ending June every year. As an example, 2014 batch enrolled student is expected to submit the First Year Performance Report and First Year Mark Sheet before 30th June 2016. This analogy can be followed by other batches for the release of the INSPIRE Scholarship. After the expiry of maximum time period of 12 months, no document will be considered. No representations in this regard shall be entertained.
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  16. When will I receive the scholarship?

    Initially, the scholarship will be released only after the approval 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 approval 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 upload 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 original 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 3-4 months to release the scholarship after the approval of relevant documents or sanction installment notification on webportal. If you have NOT received the scholarship even after five months of approval of relevant documents, please write to inspire.prog-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.
    (c) 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 GPA ≥ 7.0 (on a 10-point scale) or above 60% marks in the University or college level examination.
    If you have failed or secured a GPA score of less than 7.0 (on a 10-point scale) or less than 60% marks 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, (19) Ecology, (20) Marine Biology, (21) Genetics, (22) Bio-physics.
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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, 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. 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. Is there any age criterion for applying for SHE?

    The students with age group 17-22 years can apply for application under SHE.
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INSPIRE Fellowship Scheme

  1. What is INSPIRE Fellowship?

    It is the fourth Component of INSPIRE Program 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 i) who has secured minimum 70% marks or (or CGPA equivalent )in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M. Sc Course,
    ii) First Rank holders ii) First Rank Holders at University level examination in Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Applied Sciences including Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences from any recognized University and academic Institutions (Excluding Autonomous Colleges) in India. 1st Rank Holders at the Graduate/Post-graduate Level Examination in Medicine only conducted by a University/ Institution in India are also eligible to apply. 1st Rank should be of obtained in minimum batch size of 10 students in that university level examination with minimum aggregate of 70% marks (or CGPA equivalent) for the entire course/ program. 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. The Fellowship will be offered based on screening/availability of fellowships in the current year, as 1000 fellowships are available annually.
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  3. When can we apply for INSPIRE Fellowship?

    Every year during around September/October call is announced to seek fresh applications from eligible students in that year through portal: http://www.online-inspire.gov.in. The online application link is :http://www.online-inspire.gov.in
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  4. How should I apply for INSPIRE Fellowship Scheme? 

    One can apply for the Fellowship scheme through online mode only when the call is announced. However, 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 only (Format provided at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in). Provisional Rank certificate or mark sheet will not be acceptable for consideration of INSPIRE Fellowship application.

  6. What is the selection procedure?

    Selection from among the eligible applicants is done in two stages i.e. Level I and Level II.
    I. Applicants who are already admitted to in 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.
    II. Applicants who have not admitted to in 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 CV and iii) the detailed Research Proposal by an Expert Panel. In this Level II Evaluation Process, applicants need to secure a minimum qualifying score/cutoff as recommended by the Expert Panel and approved by 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 Provisional Offer does not guarantee the award of INSPIRE Fellowship.
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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 from INSPIRE Fellowship “Effective Date” or completion of the PhD program (i.e. up to the date of final defend of the PhD Thesis), whichever is earlier. The fellowship shall be governed by administrative norms and guidelines of Host University/Institute 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. There is no any direct entry into SRF. The Junior Research Fellow (JRF) or Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under this scheme shall be termed as 'INSPIRE Fellow'.
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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; 31st March 2010; 21st October 2014 [No. SR/S9/Z-09/2012] and SR/S9/Z-08/2018 dated 30th January 2019 shall be liable to be revised from time to time as per Government Order. However, the HRA to the Fellows shall also be applicable as per GoI norms 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 limit of contingency amount is Rs 20,000 annually. The unspent balance of contingency grant at the end of a year may be adjusted to the next year to maintain yearly/instalment wise of contingency fund.
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  12. Where will be the amount of Fellowship transferred?

    Fellowship amount to selected students are transferred by electronic mode through PFMS to the host-institution Bank Account where students are pursuing PhD program. The Sanction Letter of individual Fellow is available to Fellow as well as to Host University through webportal.
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  13. 13. What is this PFMS?

    The Public Financial Management System (PFMS: pfms.nic.in) 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 PFMS for receiving the Fellowship amount?

    Yes, it is mandatory. Else Fellowship fund transfer cannot be done.
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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, or switching over from any other fellowship to INSPIRE Fellowship will be the Effective Date. The Effective Date would not be given earlier than the date of application received at the DST..
    2. Applicant who will be placed during selection process under “Provisional Selection” category from 9th advertisement onwards and subsequently issued “Final Offer” by gaining admission into Ph.D. the “Effective Date” would be the date of uploading documents related to confirmed Ph.D. Admission or date of Ph. D. Admission, whichever is later. However, in case the candidate already enjoying some other fellowship and resigns to join in to INSPIRE Fellowship, the “Effective Date” would only be after the date of resignation from previous funding agency. In no case the candidate would be allowed to resign from other fellowship before date of Final Offer of INSPIRE Fellowship. For Final selection under INSPIRE Fellowship, the admission into Ph.D. program is necessary.

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

    An INSPIRE Fellow once accepted the offer of 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 DST-INSPIRE 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 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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  18. 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 requires 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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  19. 19. I have to attend an International Conference, would INSPIRE Fellowship pay to and fro journey fare charges?

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  20. What should be done for getting next installment of my Fellowship?

    INSPIRE Fellows need to submit Utilization Certificate, Statement of Expenditure, Claim Bill 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 instalment.
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  21. 22. What are things to be remembered while preparing the correct and acceptable SE, UC and claim bill?

    - The balance of Fellowship should not be more than the amount of one month’s fellowship. - HRA or Contingency balance will be subtracted from next year’s Requirement if it is not utilized in last sanctioned year. - Fill Expenditure details in online portal only for previous sanctioned instalment. - Uploaded SE and UC should be clearly visible. - In case multiple SE and UC have to be uploaded, please make one single file of all year’s SE together and another file of all year’s UC together, then upload at appropriate place. - SE and UC without the Seal of Signing Authority will be unacceptable.
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  22. How much time takes place after uploading SE, UC and claim bill for processing?

    It takes around 4 months to process from the date of uploading documents and no enquiry regarding next instalment will be entertained within this period.
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  23. 24. When will I eligible for up grading my Fellowship from JRF to SRF?

    The up-gradation of Fellowship status i.e. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) would normally be considered after completion of two (2) years of INSPIRE Fellowship at JRF level through performance assessment report 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 research publication (1st Authorship) in any international peer-reviewed journal by the INSPIRE Fellow out of the PhD work done at that Host Institute (within one year).
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  24. 25. What is the procedure of up gradation from JRF to SRF?

    For up-gradation of Fellowship, a three (3)- member Assessment Committee shall be constituted by the Vice-Chancellor/Director/Head of the Host Institute to assess the progress of the concerned INSPIRE Fellow. The Assessment Committee shall include the Research Supervisor of the concerned INSPIRE Fellow and one Faculty from the Host Institution as a Members and a DST-nominated expert who will act as the Chairperson. The host institute need not approach DST for the name of the DST-nominated expert who will be the chairperson of the Assessment Committee.
    The Host institute may choose one Fellow of any of the following four National Academies as the DST-nominated Expert and the Chairperson of the Assessment Committee subject to:
    i) his/her being in the concerned area of research,
    ii) his/her being from an institution other than the Host Institution,
    iii) his/her being not related to the INSPIRE Fellow and/or his/her Research Supervisor,
    iv) Research Supervisor of the INSPIRE Fellow not having been his/her research student:
    - Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi
    - Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Bengaluru
    - National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Prayagraj, and
    - Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Gurugran.
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  25. 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 Favour of “DDO, DST” Payable at New Delhi”. (Format of SE, UC, Annual Report and claim bill is available at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in)
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  26. 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 Favour of “DDO, DST” Payable at New Delhi”..
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  27. 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 25th point)
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  28. 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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  29. I have to wait for my bank details to be approved before submitting my joining acceptance documents.

    The bank detail submission page consists of a selected bank details list already approved by DST. If you select the required bank detail from the list, you do not have to wait for its approval and can move forward directly to upload your joining acceptance.
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  30. I was awarded final offer of INSPIRE Fellowship. I had to upload bank details then Joining cum acceptance within one month of Fellowship Final offer. I could not do it within validity?

    If selected INSPIRE Fellow fails to upload JCA within one month from date of offer letter issued, their offer will be automatically withdrawn.
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  31. My provisional offer validity is now over. I could not upload my PhD admission documents in online portal?

    This is an automated system. If student fails to upload his/ her PhD admission documents within validity, the portal will get closed and then he/ she will not be able to upload PhD admission documents for Final Offer. In that case his/ her provisional offer will stand withdrawn.
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  32. 33. I had filled my Bank details after receiving Final offer and waiting for its approval. How would I know that my documents are approved?

    Once you submit your Bank details you need to regularly check your portal whether your link for Joining cum Acceptance is opening. If it started opening that means your Bank details are approved and you need to fill and upload Joining cum Acceptance.
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  33. Whether Re-evaluation of any rejected application is possibleor not?

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  34. If so, details process

    Within 7 days of notifying the results for Stage-2 evaluations, in case any candidate whose application is rejected at that stage may be allowed for re-evaluation. The re-evaluation would be done only on the existing all documents including Research Proposal available on the Portal. No new documents would be possible/allowed to accept for the re-evaluation aspects like i). Academic Merit, ii). Host Institute and iii). Research Proposal. Such requests shall be made by the candidate within 7 days through email at (email id: tamanna.arora@nic.in). [Back To Top]

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme

  1. INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme

    INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship 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 Research Fellowships 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 Fellowship 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 Fellowship Scheme?

    The INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship 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 Fellowship Scheme?

    Call for applications is advertised one time every year i.e. January in major newspapers. Also check our website http://www.online-inspire.gov.in for regular updates.
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  5. What is the number of INSPIRE Faculty Award per year?

    The Scheme provides a provision of maximum 100 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. 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?

    Two routes i.e. Direct and Nomination mode are available for applying by the eligible candidates. Call for application is advertised one times in a year for Direct and Nomination mode.
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  8. 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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  9. 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. There is also a provision of age relaxation to the persons with benchmark disabilities by 10 years in upper age limit .
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  10. How much is the amount of INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship?

    Each Fellows shall receive compensation of Rs. 1,25,000/- per month with Rs.2000/- increment every year 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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  11. 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. Research Staff Cost , Consumables & Capital Equipment - 75%
    2. Travel and Contingency - 10% (each)
    3. Overhead - 5%.

    However, Travel and Contingencies would be limited to 10% each.
    Each fellow 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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  12. 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 Fellowship scheme.
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  13. What happens to my Fellowship amount, if I get a permanent position during Award tenure?

    When an Inspire Faculty Fellow finds a permanent position during the Award tenure of 5 years, the Fellowship amount shall be discontinued from the day the Fellow joins the permanent position. But he/she may continue with the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme availing only the Research Grant for the balance period to carry out research at the new position.
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  14. 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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  15. During the tenure of Faculty Fellowship can I apply for projects from other funding agencies?

    The INSPIRE Faculty Fellow 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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  16. During the tenure of Faculty Fellowship can I make National or International visits?

    Fellows 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 Fellowship period and it can be availed only after one year of positioning at the Host Institute. [Back To Top]

  17. Where can I implement the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship?

    The INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship 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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  18. What is the method employed for Selection?

    1. Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi in coordination with DST implements this INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship up to the selection of candidates for awarding INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship.
    2. A two-tier selection process i.e. Discipline-based Expert Committee in case of candidates under `Direct’ and `Nomination’ routes 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. 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.
    5. 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 Fellowship within 3 months of their final selection.
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  19. 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 Fellowship” is renewable after 5 years. Host-institutions are expected to consider INSPIRE Faculty Fellow 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 equipment, 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 Fellowship for 5 years on behalf of the Fellow and shall be responsible for all accounting purposes with the DST-INSPIRE Program. Host Institute will be required to provide Financial Credentials/Statements every year to consider releasing next installment to Awardee.

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  20. 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 Fellow 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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  21. 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 Fellowship.
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  22. Is the Faculty Award Amount Taxable?

    Yes, as per Income Tax act, it is taxable.
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  23. What documents a Faculty Fellows 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.online-inspire.gov.in..
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  24. 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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  25. How will I receive Award amount and Research Grant after submitting required documents?

    The Faculty Fellowship 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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  26. When to submit reports and when evaluation will be done?

    Faculty Fellow shall be required to upload Annual Progress Report on online portal http://www.online-inspire.gov.in 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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  27. What I need to do to get next installment?

    Awardees need to upload Utilization Certificate, Statement of Expenditure and Annual Report as per the formats available at http://www.online-inspire.gov.in, at the end of every year through Host Institute for receiving the next installment.
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  28. I have to wait for my bank details to be approved before submitting my joining acceptance documents.

    The bank detail submission page consists of a selected bank details list already approved by DST. If you select the required bank detail from the list, you do not have to wait for its approval and can move forward directly to upload your joining acceptance.
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INSPIRE Fellowship Legacy Users

  1. How to register as a legacy user?

    Register at the place for legacy user http://online-inspire.gov.in/Account/RegisterLegacyUsers?Length=7, only. Please do not register as new user.
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  2. I have already submitted the Hard copy of financial documents shall I need to upload again the same financial document in online portal?

    If you have submitted before December 2014, no need to submit it again in online portal. If you have submitted hard copy after December 2014 you need to upload in online portal only.
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  3. I have uploaded my financial documents in online portal, shall I need to submit the hard copy to DST?

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  4. I had registered myself in online portal system but there is no uploading option for financial documents upload?

    You perhaps registered yourself as new user. Please register as legacy user.
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  5. I am filling correct details while registering myself in online portal, still it is not accepting and verifying my details?

    You please make sure that you are filling correct details:
    Program Name:        Existing Fellowship Student
    Registration Number:
    Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyy):
    Subject Code:
    Subject code and DOB should be the same as given you in your first application.
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  6. My annual report size is more than the limit, how to upload that?

    Please provide only important information and reduce the size of the file.
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  7. How to show the expenditure details in SE and UC if If I joined in between financial year.

    In such case you have to provide two Utilization certificates.
    First one would be up to March and second (provisional) one would be up to complete utilization of fellowship.
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  8. Shall I need to give previous expenditure details in columns given in Statement of Expenditure?

    Yes you have to.
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  9. Is it mandatory to register myself in online portal?

    Yes. We are not accepting any hard copy from the month of January for any further release process. You need to upload in online portal only till any further notification comes in this regard.
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