INSPIRE Scholarship For Undergraduate and Post Graduates
Department of Science & Technology (DST) has introduced an innovative programme called Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) for attracting talented students to the excitement and study of Sciences. It will help the country to build the required critical resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and Research & Development base with a long term prevision. Indian Government has approved the INSPIRE Scheme for Students in November 2008 in the 11th Plan Period and Honourable Prime Minister launched the programme on 13th December 2008.
INSPIRE has three Major Components
1. Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS)
It aims to attract talented students to study science by providing INSPIRE Award of Rs. 5000/- to one million young learners of the age group 10-15 years, ranging from Class 6th to Class 10thstandards, and also by arranging summer camps for about Rs. 50,000/- science students of Class 11thwith global leaders in science to experience the joy of innovations on an annual basis through INSPIRE Internship.
2. Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)
It aims to heighten rates of attachment of talented students & youths to undertake higher education in science intensive programmes, by providing Scholarships and Mentorship. The scheme offers 10,000 Scholarship every year at Rs 0.80/- lakh per year for the talented youth in the age group 17-22 years, for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in Natural Sciences. Mentorship support will be provided to every scholar.
3. Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC)
It aims to attract, attach, retain and nourish talented young scientific Human Resource for strengthening the R&D foundation and base. It has two sub-components. In the first component i.e. INSPIRE Fellowship (age group of 22-27 years), it offers 1000 fellowships every year, for carrying out doctoral degree in both basic and applied sciences including engineering and medicine. In the second component i.e. INSPIRE Faculty Scheme, it offers assured opportunity every year for 1000 Post-Doctoral Researchers in the age group of 27-32 years, through contractual and tenure track positions for 5 years in both basic and applied sciences area.