Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has invited applications for the ‘Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)’, a component of the ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)’ being implemented by the Department.

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a Programme launched by the Government of India and being implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), to strengthen the National Science and Technology base. 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).

The Scheme SHE is focused on attraction of talent to study of Natural/Basic Sciences at the Bachelor and Master’s level. SHE is currently limited to support for educational programmes at B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. and Integrated Master’s level courses in Sciences, leading to MSc in any branch of Natural and Basic Sciences namely Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences.
A total of 10,000 scholarships are available annually under SHE starting April 2008. The scholarships are limited to those studying courses in Natural/Basic Sciences (B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), Integrated M.Sc.) in any one of the recognized institutions in India.

Eligibility criterion for the scholarships are (i) performance in Board examinations within the cut-off threshold (of top 1%) for each State or Central Board examination at the class X and class XII level and/or (ii) performance in any of the specified competitive examinations within stipulated cut off ranks. The eligible applicant must be already enrolled into Degree level education in Natural/Basic Sciences in any of the recognized institutions in India.

(i) Based on Performance in Board Examinations: Applicant should have obtained aggregate marks in the top 1% in the Board Examination at both class X and XII levels. For example, those applying for INSPIRE Scholarship 2008 should have secured marks within the top 1% in Class X in 2006 and Class XII in 2008 in the respective Board Examinations and should have joined a Degree course leading to B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons) or Integrated M.Sc. in Natural/Basic Sciences in any institution in India in the year 2008 and returned to study of second year in the academic year 2009-10. Cut-off marks for various board examinations conducted in the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 for class X and corresponding year of 2008, 2009 and 2010 for class XII are listed in Table 1. Candidate securing top 1% marks only in Class XII Board Examination can also submit the application form.
(ii) Based on Performance in Competitive Examinations (specified in Table 2): Performance within the top 10,000 ranks in Joint Entrance Examination of IIT, AIEEE (Engineering) and CBSE Medical and joining Degree level courses in Natural/Basic Sciences in any recognized Indian institution. The candidate may apply with a valid document of these examinations. The scheme in its current format does not include courses in Engineering, Medicine, Technology and other Professional courses.

(iii) Based on Performance in Competitive Examinations (specified in Table 3): Clearance of competitive examinations conducted by institutions listed in Table 3 and all candidates securing admissions and joining Integrated M.Sc/ MS courses in Natural/Basic Sciences conducted by Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Indian Institutes of Technology, Department of Atomic Energy – Centre for Basic Science (DAE-CBS) and University from the academic years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 are eligible. Institutional coverage is being done for this category. Students in this category need not apply.

Value and Type of Support: Eligible candidates will receive annually scholarship @ total value Rs.80,000/- per candidate. The cash value payable to the SHE scholarship holder is Rs.60,000 per annum. All the SHE scholars are to undertake summer time attachment to an active researcher in recognized research centers in the country. A summer time attachment fee of Rs.20,000/- will be paid to the mentoring institution for undertaking summer time project.

Duration of the Support: Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years starting from 1st year course in B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons) and Integrated course leading to M.S or M.Sc or the completion of the course, whichever is earlier. Continuation of the scholarship for the selected candidates for subsequent years is based on satisfactory performance of the examinations conducted and certified by the institution imparting education.

Format for Application: Application may be submitted in the prescribed format available at www., written preferably in English & Hindi only along with attested copy of (i) Mark sheets of Class X and Class XII and (ii) Endorsement Certificate from Principal of the College/ Director or Registrar of the Institute or University where the applicant is presently enrolled.

Applications should be sent by Ordinary Post only within 90 days from the date of this advertisement (Notified on 17.01.2011), and shall be addressed to the Director, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Dr K S Krishnan Marg , New Delhi – 110012 with the envelope containing the application super scribed ‘Application for INSPIRE Scholarship – 2008, 2009 and 2010’ program.

Application can also be submitted online at The online applicants should also submit a hardcopy of the applications with all attested documents.
For more details advertisement including all Tables & Format of Application to download etc., visit
Those who have already applied in response to the previous Advertisements need not to apply now.

Table 1: Percentage Cut‐off Marks: In the Order, X for 2006, XII for 2008, X for 2007, XII for 2009, X for 2008 and XII for 2010 (Also see
(xii) Kerala 77.0 91.7 93.9 91.8 94.6 92.5
* Due to non-availability of Data, previous year’s value has been used now as cut-off for eligibility. # % Marks = [Total Marks Obtained X 100 ] / Maximum Possible Marks

Table 2: National Level Competitive Examination
(i) IIT – JEE : Top 10,000 Rank
(ii) AIEEE (Engineering): Top 10,000 Rank
(iii) CBSE Medical Board : Top 10,000 Rank
(iv) All Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna (KVPY) Fellows, National Talent Search Examination
(v) (NTSE) Scholars, Olympiad Medalists and Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) Fellows.

Table 3: Other National Level Competitive Examinations for Admission to(i) 5 years Integrated M.Sc. programs in Basic & Natural Sciences at all Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)
(ii) All Indian Institute of Science Educations & Research (IISERs)
(iii) National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER)
(iv) Department of Atomic Energy - Centre for Basic Science (DAE - CBS)
(v) University at Under-graduate or Integrated M. Sc. program in Natural Sciences and Basic Sciences following National Level Competitive Examinations indicated at Table 2.

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