Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a Programme 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). The INSPIRE Programme includes three components namely Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS), Scholarships for Higher Education (SHE) and Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC).
Applications are now invited from the eligible candidate for `INSPIRE Fellowships' under Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) component of INSPIRE Program. The Scheme AORC is focused on attraction of students to pursue Doctoral Degree Programme 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.
Eligibility: Applicant should be Indian National and a 1st Rank holder in a Post-Graduate (PG) level examination in Basic/Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or Veterinary Sciences at the University and academic Institutions and should be eligible for admission to pursue research, leading to Ph.D., in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National Laboratory in India. 1st Rank holders in College examination are not eligible.
First Rank holders at Under-Graduate level examination in Engineering Sciences and other Professional courses conducted by a University/ Institution in India are also eligible to apply for directly pursuing Doctoral Degree.
Those who have acquired their required qualifications necessary for admission to the PhD program on and after April 2007 are only eligible. However, those already enjoying Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) or higher position need not apply for this. Those who have qualified Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for fellowship/ GATE can also apply.
Fellowship: The Program extends financial support in the form of a Fellowship equivalent to NET/GATE Fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship/Senior Research Fellowship) and grants for research to the candidates.
Duration: Those selected will receive fellowship for a maximum period of five years, subject to the completion of the PhD Degree whichever is earlier. Continuation of the fellowship for selected candidates will be based on satisfactory performance, certified by the institution as per stipulated GOI guidelines for such fellowship. Selection will be purely on the basis of merit.
The advertisement is available at www.inspire-dst.gov.in. Application format, details of the scheme and necessary documents required to be submitted are also available there.Application can be submitted in the prescribed A4 size format along with documents as listed in Annexure 1 to 3.
Completed applications should reach 'Head, INSPIRE Program, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110 016' by Post only, within 60 days from the date of release of the advertisement (Released on 20.01.2011) in an envelope super scribed 'Application for INSPIRE Fellowship-(Subject Code)'. Those who have applied as per the earlier advertisements and whose applications are either rejected or communicated presently, need not apply now.
Visit www.inspire-dst.gov.in for details.