DST Inspire Fellowships 2011 for the First Rank Holders for PhD

Innovation in Scientific Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a new scheme of the Government of India offers standing opportunity through fellowships at the level same as national eligibility test qualified candidates.

Applications are invited from First Rank holders in the Post Graduate Degrees in Basic and Natural Sciences OR Undergraduate Degree in Engineering Sciences/ Medical Sciences/ Pharmaceutical Sciences/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences of any recognized Indian University or Institute/ Statutory Body in India for award of INSPIRE FELLOWSHIP and appropriate research grants for a period of five years for doing full-time research leading to Ph.D. Application format and necessary documents required are available on the website www.inspiredst.gov.in.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi requests submission of Application for “INSPIRE Fellowship” to pursue doctoral degree under Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) – a component of the `Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)’ being implemented by DST.

Genesis of INSPIRE: Global competitiveness in the changing global knowledge economy calls for expansion and right-sizing of the Research and Development base of the country. Need for special interventions for attracting youth to study of Sciences and careers with Research is recognized. Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a Program 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).

About INSPIRE: Program 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 AORC is focused on attraction of student to pursue doctoral degree 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.

Call for Applications: Applications are invited from the eligible candidate for `INSPIRE Fellowships’ under Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) component of INSPIRE Program.

Fellowships to first rank holders for pursuing doctoral programme in science & technology

Eligibility: Only 1st rank holder in each Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Sciences at the University and academic Institutions who are eligible for admission and want to pursue research, leading to Ph.D., in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National laboratories in India will be eligible for this fellowship. 1st Rank holder in College examination are not eligible.

Similarly, 1st 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.

Candidates acquired their required qualifications necessary for admission to the PhD program on and after April 2007 are only eligible. However, students who are already enjoying Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) or higher position need not to apply for this. Candidates who have qualified Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for fellowship/ GATE can also apply. This fellowship is applicable to the Indian Nationals only.

The 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 of the Support: Selected candidates 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 once selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance certified by the institution as per stipulated GOI guidelines for such fellowship.

Selection Procedure: The candidates will be selected purely on the basis of merit.

Format for Application: All interested and eligible candidates must apply in the prescribed A4 size format along with required documents. Applications should be sent by Post before 20-03-2011 to

Head

INSPIRE Program

Department of Science & Technology

Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road

New Delhi – 110 016.

The envelope should mention on top “Application for INSPIRE Fellowship – (give Subject Code)”. This advertisement is also available at the website: www. Inspire-dst.gov.in for submission of application. Students who have applied in our earlier advertisements and their applications are either rejected or communicated presently, need not to apply now.

For details visit http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in/INSPIRE_Fellowship_Advertisement.pdf

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