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DST Inspire Fellowship Scheme 2020 for Post-Doctoral Programs in Science and Technology

DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020 – The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, invites application for DST INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020 for Post-Doctoral Programs in Science and Technology.

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About DST Inspire Fellowship Scheme 2020

  • The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, launched the “Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” Programme in 2008. This programme which covers the age group of 15-35 years, aims to attract young Indian talent towards study of science leading to careers in science.
  • INSPIRE includes four components out of which the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme offers Post-Doctoral fellowships to young achievers for independent research in the near term and emerging as a future leader in the long term.
  • To provide attractive opportunities for young achievers for developing independent scientific profiles and launch themselves towards fulfilling long-term careers.
  • This scheme provides an opportunity to young post-doctoral fellows for carrying out independent research and does not guarantee a regular position after 5 years.

DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020 Important Date

The Last Date to apply online


10th September 2020

Eligibility Criteria for DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020

  • Indian citizens and people of Indian origin with PIO status having PhD degrees (in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine and agriculture related subjects) from any recognized universities in the world.
  • Candidates shall possess a minimum of 60% (or equivalent CGPA) marks throughout their academic profile starting from the Higher Secondary Examination (Class 12 onwards).
  • Those who have submitted their Ph.D theses and are awaiting the award of the degree are also eligible. However, the selection for INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship will be confirmed only after confirmation of the award of the Ph.D degree.
  • The upper age limit as on 1st Jan 2020 is 32 years for General Category. However, for SC and ST candidates, the upper age limit will be 35 years. For persons with benchmark disabilities (Divyangjan with not less than 40 percent of a specified disability), the upper age limit will be 42 years.
  • Publication(s) in highly reputed journals demonstrating outstanding research potential of the candidate.
  • Candidates who are employed in regular/contractual positions within India may also apply for INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship for improvement and enhancement in their career prospects but, upon selection, the candidates will need to resign (no lien or deputation or any type of leave would be accepted) from the current job and organization before taking up the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship.

DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020 Application Process

  • Two routes, viz. Direct and Nomination mode, are available for application on the online portal by the eligible candidates.
  • Candidates, who intend to apply either through Direct or Nomination mode, should apply in the online mode only. To apply Online, please visit the website: www.online-inspire.gov.in and follow the process described therein. After successful submission of the application online, the candidate may obtain a printout of the application and keep it for personal use only.
  • Nominations from academic institutions or Industry R&D Centers can also be sent through ViceChancellors/ Directors of Institutions/ Heads of Institutions/ Presidents and Fellows of Science Academies or Eminent Scientists from India and abroad based on personal knowledge. Nominations are to be sent to the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi only.

DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship Scheme 2020 Selection Process

  • The Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, in coordination with DST, is implementing this INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme up to the stage of recommendation of candidates for INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship.
  • A three-tier selections process, viz. recommendations by discipline-based Expert Committees of INSA in case of candidates under Direct and Nomination modes/routes, followed by the Apex Level Committee of INSA. Based on the recommendations of these committees, DST makes the final selection.

Amount and Duration of INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship

  • Each selected INSPIRE Faculty Fellow will be eligible to receive a consolidated amount of Rs.1,25,000/- p.m as fellowship. In addition, a Research Grant of Rs.7 lakh every year for 5 years will also be provided to each successful candidate including the carry-forward amount, if any, from the previous year. The consolidated amount of Rs.1,25,000 per month is an all-inclusive fellowship and taxable as per the Indian IT Act.
  • The INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship is for a maximum period of 5 (five) years. No Fellow shall avail two fellowships concurrently during the tenure of this Fellowship period.


For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website




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