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Scholarship for Higher Education

Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a component scheme under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), which is a flagship program of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). It comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. With the help of intensive courses and scholarships, it aims to engage young talent in the study of science and technology by pursuing research as a career.

Under the Scholarship For Higher Education scheme, 10,000 scholarships, each valued at Rs. 80,000, are announced
annually for students pursuing Bachelors and Masters level courses in Basic and Natural Sciences.

Eligibility Criteria
(a) Students with aggregate marks within top 1% of their Class XII examination of any State/ Central Board in India are eligible. Also, the student must be pursuing courses in Natural and Basic Sciences at the BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS level.

(b) Those students who have secured ranks in the JEE of IIT, AIPMT (within top 10000 ranks), and are presently pursuing Natural and Basic Science courses in India at the BSc, BS, Int.MSc/MS level.

(c) Students pursuing Integrated M.S. courses at IISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and International Olympiad medalists pursuing Bachelor/ Master level courses in Natural Sciences.

Courses that qualify students for the scholarship

The following subjects under Basic and Natural Sciences are within the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship for pursuing BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course:

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Statistics, Geology, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Electronics, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Anthropology, Microbiology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Atmospheric Sciences & Oceanic Sciences.

Courses that are NOT supported

Engineering, Medicine, Military Science, Defense Studies, Agriculture, Psychology, Seed Technology, Anthropology, Home Science, Geography, Economics, Education (including B.Sc.-B.Ed. dual degree course), Biotechnology, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Bio-informatics, Instrumentation, Information Technology, Physical Education and courses in Distance Education mode at the Open Universities.

Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years, starting from the 1st year BSc, BS, Int. MSc/Int.MS or until the completion of the course, whichever is earlier. The scholarship is continued for select candidates and is based on good academic performance in the examinations conducted by the university. It also depends on the recommendation of
the head of the institution.

Keep in mind that only candidates who have completed their XII standard in the year 2013 and are currently enrolled in BSc, BS, and Int. MSc/MS degrees in Natural and Basic Sciences (in the subjects listed above) can apply.

The online application link can be found here.

Details about the application process have been put up here.

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