Inspire Fellowship

DST INSPIRE Faculty Scheme 2016

Last date to apply

August 31, 2016
Through Institution: November 30, 2016

About INSPIRE Faculty Scheme

  • INSPIRE Faculty Scheme opens up an 'Assured Opportunity for Research Career (AORC)' for young researchers in the age group of 27-32 years for independent research to augment high quality scientific manpower in scientific and educational institutions. It is open to candidates who have completed Ph.D in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture related subjects.
  • The candidate has to choose the host institution by themselves where they would be conducting their independent research and they would be receiving close to 17 lakh p.a. for conducting their independent research.
  • The Scheme provides a provision of maximum 1000 INSPIRE Faculty. The INSPIRE Faculty Award offers contractual research positions and is for a maximum period of 5 years.
    • There is not a guarantee for tenure positions after 5 years.
  • INSPIRE Faculty Scheme is offered by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • It provides attractive opportunities to young researchers for developing independent scientific profiles and intends to help them emerge as S&T leaders in the long term

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INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India
Class/ Age 27 to 32 years (35 years for SC/ ST)

Who can apply for the Inspire Fellowship?

  • Nationality: Indian citizens and people of Indian (PIO) origin including NRI/PIO status.
  • Age Limit: The upper age limit as on July 1, 2016 is 32 years for considering support for a period of 5 years.  (35 years in case of SC and ST candidates)
  • Publications in highly reputed Journals demonstrating research potential of the candidate.

Academic Qualifications

  • Candidates should have done Ph.D from any recognized university in the world in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture related subjects.
  • If in case you have submitted the Ph.D Thesis and are waiting award of the degree then also you are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who are within top 1% at the School Leaving Examination and JEE Main.
  • First Rank Holders at Graduate  and Post Graduate level examinations

The candidates cannot hold any other award with this fellowship.

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Reward

All selected candidates should avail the INSPIRE Faculty Award within 3 months of their final selection.

  • Each selected INSPIRE Faculty will receive a consolidated amount approximately equal to Rs. 80,0000 equivalent to the scale of the Assistant Professor of an IIT as Fellowship amount.
  • A Research Grant of Rs 7 lakh per year for 5 years is also provided to each successful candidate.

There will be no extension of the awards.

If the candidates gets a permanent position within the tenure of the Faculty Scheme

  • 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.
  • Awardee may althoug continue with the INSPIRE Faculty Scheme availing only the Research Grant for the balance period to carry out research at the new position.

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Application form and Process

Eligible candidates can apply for the fellowship via any one of the three modes:

  • Mode 1: Direct Application
  • Mode 2: Nomination from academic institutions or Industry R&D 
  • Mode 3: Through Institution

Mode 1 and 2: Direct Mode/Nomination Mode: Candidates who wish to apply via any of these two modes have to apply Online but have to submit the Application form Offline.

Step by Step Process for Direct Mode/Nomination Mode

  • Step 1: Registration
  • Step 2: Scan and save the below mentioned documents:
  • Step 3: Fill in the Online Application

Name of the Document

File Type

Maximum Size

Passport size photograph



Class 10 Certificate


1 MB

Class 12 UG and PG program Mark Sheet


1 MB

First Rank Certificate for applicants who are not INSPIRE Scholars


1 MB

Appointment letter


1 MB

Applicable to If enrolled in PhD

The curriculum vitae of the supervisor


1 MB

PhD Admission Letter


1 MB

Fee Receipt


1 MB

Endorsement Letter


1 MB

Detail Write up of research to be done

To be filled in Text Box


Applicable to If not enrolled in PhD

Three choices of University/Institute and supervisors

To be filled in Text Box


The curriculum vitae of the three supervisors.


1 MB

Brief write up of research

To be filled in Text Box


Mode 3: Institutions Mode: Candidates have to directly approach reputed academic institutes and the host academic Institute will have to adopt their own internal process and mechanism as available before forwarding names of shot-listed candidates for final selection by the Apex Committee.

  • The Institute will send their pre selected candidates. 

Submission of INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Application Form

The candidates selecting 'Direct Mode' must apply in the prescribed format of 'Direct Mode (A)' to the below mentioned address before August 31, 2016

The Executive Secretary,
Indian National Science Academy (INSA),
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi – 110002

Candidates selecting 'Nomination Mode' must reach in the prescribed format of Nomination Mode (A)' to the below mentioned address before August 31, 2016

The Executive Secretary,
Indian National Science Academy (INSA),
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi – 110002

Under 'Institutions Mode', the reputed Institutes or Universities should send all the relevant papers of pre-selected candidates to the below mentioned address before November 30, 2016

INSPIRE Program Division,
Department of Science & Technology (DST),
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi – 110016

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Selection Process

A two-tier selection process will be followed:  

  • Tier 1: Discipline-based Expert Committee in case of candidates under `Direct‟ and `Nomination‟ Mode
  • Tier 2: Institutional level short-listing in `Institutional Mode‟

Discipline-based Expert Committee Strategy for Selection

The team of experts appointed will evaluate and screen the candidates who apply on Direct and Nominated Routes without support from host-institutions.

Institutional level Strategy for Selection

Renowned academic institutions like IITs, IISc, IISERs, TIFR, CSIR Laboratories etc. and Central & State Universities selected under PURSE scheme of DST could adopt their own internal process for shortlisting the candidates and submit the list for final selection by the Apex Committee.

Final selection will be done by the Apex Level Committee.

For more information about the scheme

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme Address

INSPIRE Program Division, 
Department of Science & Technology (DST), 
New Mehrauli Road, 
New Delhi – 110016

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