INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme

Department of Science and Technology


The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, launched the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” [www​.online​-inspire​.gov​.in] Programme in 2008. This programme which covers the age group of 15 – 37 years, aims to attract young Indian talent towards study of science leading to careers in research. INSPIRE includes multiple components out of which the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Scheme offers post-doctoral fellowships to young achievers with an opportunity for independent research in the near term to emerge as a future leader in the long term.

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. The candidates, who get selected for regular position in any institute/​university after submission of IFF application, would be entitled to receive the Research Grant only as INSPIRE Faculty Fellows.



  • Indian citizens and people of Indian origin with PIO status having PhD degree (in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine and agriculture related subjects) from any recognized university in the world.
  • Candidates should 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 PhD theses and are awaiting the award of degree shall also be eligible. However, selection for the Fellowship will be confirmed only after the PhD degree is awarded.
  • The upper age limit as on 1st Jan 2021 is 32 years for General/​OBC Categories. However, for SC/​ST/​Women candidates, the upper age limit will be 37 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.

Desirable: Candidates who are within top 1% in Class 12 examination, IIT-JEE rank holders, 1st rank holders either in graduation or post-graduation level university examinations.

To Apply

Eligible candidates need to submit applications ONLINE through the portal of INSPIRE programme. No other mode of submission of the application is permitted.

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 print out of the application and keep it for his/​her personal reference.

The INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship shall be regulated as per the guidelines available on the website: www​.online​-inspire​.gov​.in. Candidates need to visit the website and read the guidelines thoroughly before applying for the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship scheme. Last date for making online applications is 4th Oct 2021

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