Inspire Scholarship (SHE) 2020-21: Check Inspire Scholarship Last Date, Amount

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About Inspire Scholarship

Inspire Scholarship 2020: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has started an innovative programme namely Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) in November 2008. INSPIRE has three components - Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents (SEATS), Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) and Assured Opportunities for Research Careers (AORC). Of these, Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 for Higher Education (SHE) aims to enhance rates of talented youth to undertake higher education in science by providing scholarship and mentorship. Inspire SHE 2020-21 offers 10,000 scholarship every year at Rs. 0.80 lakh to candidates from age 17-22 years, for pursuing Bachelors and Masters level education in Basic and Natural Science. The main feature of the Inspire Award Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is the support mentorship provided to every scholar. There is no exam conducted for the scholarship and it is disbursed based on the eligibility criteria. Read the article on Inspire Award Scholarship 2020-21 for more information on the application form, dates, result, scholarship details on this page.

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Inspire Scholarship Amount, Application

The application form of Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 is available from 1 November 2020. Only the eligible aspirants can apply for Inspire Scholarship 2020 by using the link which is provided on this page. Inspire Scholarship result 2020-21 will be announced in May 2021. Through Inspire Scholarship Higher Education 2020-21 is valued Rs. 80,000 per annum. The selected candidate will receive a scholarship of Rs. 5,000 per month, which in total will be Rs. 60,000 in a year.

All the scholars of Inspire Award Scholarship are required to undertake a summer research project under an active researcher in any recognized research centres in India. A summer attachment fee of Rs. 20,000 will be paid as the mentorship every year. The scholars have to submit the project report and certificate from a mentor after the completion of the project within the due course of time.

Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 Dates

 Given below are the dates to keep in mind related to Inspire SHE Scholarship


Inspire Scholarship Dates

Online Application for Inspire Scholarship Begins 

1 November 2020 10 AM

Inspire Scholarship Last Date to apply

15 January 2021 up to 5 PM

Inspire Scholarship Result for those applied in 2020-20

May 2021


Inspire Scholarship Eligibility 2020-21

Candidates willing to apply for Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 must go through the eligibility criteria below in order to check whether they are eligible or not.

Students who are among the top 1% in class 12 at their respective board examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc or Integrated MSc levels. Courses other than Natural and Basic sciences are not allowed for the current scheme.

Passed Class 12: Students should have passed class 12 in 2020 from any recognised state or central board in India.

Pursuing UG: Student must be pursuing three years B.Sc., B.Sc (Hons), four years B.S or five years integrated M.Sc./M.S programs in any UGC recognised College/ University/ Institutions in India in natural/basic sciences

Should be in the Top 1% of the Board or have achieved a High Rank in National Entrance Exam

Top 1% in Board Exams
Students who happen to be among the top 1% in Class 12 at their respective Board Examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. levels.  (Cutoffs are given toward the end of the page)


Top 10,000 in National Competitive Exams
Students who have secured in the Joint Entrance Examination of the following exams and have also opted to study Natural and Basic sciences in any academic institute or university leading to graduate and post-graduate degree. 

Inspire Scholarship Eligibility for students of these Institutes

Students admitted to following institutes are eligible for the scholarship

  1. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),
  2. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER),
  3. Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai are also eligible for the Inspire Scholarship.
  4. Four years BS or 5 years Integrated M.Sc. programs in Basic & Natural Sciences at all Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) within top 10,000 ranks in JEE Advanced.

Inspire Scholarship Eligibility for Scholars

The scholarship is also open to all  KVPYNTSEJBNSTS scholars and Science Olympiad Medalists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees.

  •  A student cannot avail any other scholarship along with the Inspire SHE Scholarship 2020.

Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 Eligible Subjects

Inspire Scholarship List 2020 for subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences that are within the scope of Inspire scholarship programme for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. BSc/Int. BS courses:

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Atmospheric Sciences


Oceanic Sciences

Inspire Scholarship Amount

Each Inspire awardee to get Rs. 80,000 per annum for a maximum period of 5 years and is given in the following ways:

  • Each candidate will receive an annual scholarship at a 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 recognised research centres across India. A summertime attachment fee of Rs. 20,000 will be paid as Mentorship every year.
  • The scholarship will be transferred to the scholar’s State Bank of India (SBI) bank account directly.

Inspire Scholarship Renewal

  • 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 of the Head of the Institution.
  • The candidates have to apply for the renewal of the Inspire scholarship every year and based on the performance of the candidate the scholarship will be renewed.

Inspire Scholarship Duration

The selected scholars will be supported with this scholarship for a maximum of five years, starting from 1st year of BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int. MS, or until the completion of the course, whichever is earlier. However, students have to perform well in the examination conducted by the University for the continuation of the scholarship.

Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) 2020-21

The Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) aims at attracting talented individuals and provides them with scholarship and mentoring if they pursue Bachelor and Masters level education in Natural and Basic Sciences. The talented students in the age group 17-22 years will be given 10,000 scholarships every year of Rs 80,000 per year provided they pursue the required course and fulfil the set criteria.

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Inspire Scholarship Application form and Process

The application form of the Inspire Scholarship is available now. The last date for submission of Inspire Scholarship is 15 January 2021. The steps to fill Inspire Scholarship 2020 application form are mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Inspire Scholarship online registration
  • Step 2: Uploading of documents in the Inspire Scholarship application form
  • Step 3: Filling of Inspire SHE 2020-21 application form
  • Step 4: Submission of filled in the application form

Inspire Scholarship Application Form - Apply Now

  • Each student should only send one application form and should make sure that the application form is correctly filled.
  • Before initiating the online application process for Inspire Scholarship, the student should keep the scanned copy of the following documents ready.

Inspire Scholarship Application Form Documents

Document to be uploaded Remarks File Size- Maximum
Passport Size Photograph  Compulsory 50 KB
Community /Caste Certificate  only if the applicant belongs to OBC /SC /ST 1 MB
Eligibility Note/Advisory Note Not Compulsory
If provided by the State/Central Board
1 MB
Class 10 Mark sheet Compulsory- For Date of Birth Proof 1 MB
Class 12 Mark Sheet Compulsory 1 MB
Certificate specifying Rank or Award in
JEE (Main)/ JEE (Advanced) / AIPMT/
International Olympic Medalists
Only if eligible under this criteria 1 MB
Endorsement Form signed by the Principal
of the College/Director of the Institute/Registrar of the
Download Endorsement Form Format
Compulsory 1 MB


Inspire Scholarship 2020 application form submission

The filled in application form of Inspire Scholarship 2020 must be submitted in online mode only. Candidates are not required to send the duly filled Inspire SHE 2020 application form or any document through the post. Before final submission of Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education application form, candidates verify the details carefully, as the modification will not be done after that.

Inspire Scholarship Selection Process

Department of Science and Technology (DST) will start the selection procedure of Inspire Scholarship 2020 at least four months after the last date of application submission. The selected candidates will receive a provisional offer letter on the web portal informing that they have been selected for Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education 2020-21. Along with that, DST will also release the list of selected and rejected students, which will be available on this page when published. In the year 2017, a total of 12, 246 students were selected for the Inspire SHE Scholarship. Candidates will have to upload the required documents on the web portal within the stipulated period for further consideration.

  • Intimation to the selected candidates: All selected candidates shall receive an Email notification informing that they are selected for the Inspire scholarship.
  • Inspire Scholarship Offer Letter: The selected students are required to log into the online portal to download the offer letter.

How to download Inspire SHE Scholarship Offer Letter?

To download the offer letter of Inspire SHE 2020, aspirants need to follow the procedure mentioned below:

  • Click on the link provided on this page to download the offer letter
  • Log in using the email ID and password
  • After successfully login, click on the ‘Scholarship’ tab in the dashboard
  • Click on ‘View Offer Letter’ link provided on the right side of the screen

Inspire Scholarship FAQs

Following are most of the frequently asked questions asked by aspirants related to Inspire Scholarship.

Question: How should I apply for Inspire Scholarship 2020-21?

Answer: A candidate can fill Inspire Scholarship application form 2020-21 in the online mode from 1st November 2020. The link is available on this page to apply for Inspire SHE 2020.

Question: How the Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 will be done if the applications received are more than 12,000?

Answer: Under the scheme of Inspire Scholarship of Higher Education (SHE), 12,000 scholarships, each valued Rs. 80,000 are announced annually for students pursuing Bachelors and Masters in Natural and Basic Sciences.

However, in the case of receiving more than 12,000 eligible applications in a particular year, the selection will be done based on Board inclusive model within the available number of scholarships in that year.

Question: How will I receive my Inspire Scholarship 2020?

Answer: Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) 2020-21 will be transferred to the scholar’s State Bank of India (SBI) account directly through DBT.

Question: How should I send my bank account details to DST?

Answer: The scholars must open a regular Normal Savings Bank Account in any branch of State Bank of India (SBI) to receive the amount of Inspire Scholarship. The account should be in your name only and no joint accounts will be allowed. Also, an account other than SBI will not be accepted. Link the bank account with the Aadhaar Card. Do not forget to sign these documents. Non-attested documents will not be accepted. Then, candidates must upload the first page of SBI bank passbook to scholar’s DST web portal.

Inspire Scholarship Cut Off Marks for CBSE, ISCE, State Boards

Percentage Cut Off Marks of Various State Board Results in Class 12

Inspire Scholarship Cut off Marks Previous Years

Know more about Inspire Scholarship

  1. Inspire Scholarship Result
  2. Inspire Scholarship Application Form
  3. Inspire Fellowship 
  4. Inspire Scholarship for IIT Kharagpur Students
  5. Inspire Scholarship Renewal
  6. Inspire scholarship Number Increased

Inspire Scholarship Contact Details

INSPIRE Programme
Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, 
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi - 110016

Tel : 0120-4676260 011-26568099, 0120-6137050
e-mail: she.inspire-dst@nic.in, inspire.prog-dst.nic.in

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