Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)

Submission of Application for the “SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (SHE)

Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) is a component program under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) program, which is a flagship scheme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, to engage young talents for the study of Science and Technology and pursue research as a career.
SHE aims to augment youth to undertake higher education in Science programmes by providing scholarships to deserving students. Under this scheme SHE, 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.
Applications are invited from eligible candidates for `Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)’, a component of INSPIRE. Total of 10,000 scholarships are available annually under SHE starting April 2008. The scholarships are limited only to the candidates studying courses in natural/ basic sciences at B.Sc., B.Sc (Hons), integrated M.Sc./MS programs in any one of the recognized institutions in India. The scheme in it current format does not include courses in engineering, medicine, technology and other professional / applied science courses.
Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years starting 1st year course in B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons) and integrated course leading to M.S. or M.Sc. Continuation of the scholarship for the selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance of the examinations conducted by the University and certified by the
institution imparting education.
The candidates should be 17 to 22 years of age at the time of application.

The selected candidates will receive their annual scholarships in at least two installments (2 x Rs. 30000/ per annum) through State Bank of India via the SMART CARD mode.
Smart card is like any other ATM card specially designed by the State Bank of India to disperse the scholarships to the selected candidates. The scholars can withdraw their scholarship from the SBI ATMs across India.

Identity and Address proofs

The list of documents that are acceptable for the address and identity proof is given here.
You need to provide ONLY ONE document each for address and identity proof.
Please do not forget to Self-attest these documents.

Value & 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 along with a summer time attachment fee of Rs.20,000 will be paid to the mentoring institution for undertaking summer time project

Eligibility Criteria

The selection of candidates will be based on a) performance in Board Examinations within the cutoff threshold (of top 1%) for each State or Central Board Examination Class XII level as listed in Table 1 and/or b) performance in any of the specified Competitive Examinations within stipulated cut off ranks (Table 2) and recipient of various fellowships and medals. Student who passed Class XII Board Examination in 2011 and are in receipt of Eligibility Certificate/ Note issued by the respective Board are also eligible to apply. The eligible candidate must be already enrolled into degree level education in natural / basic sciences in any recognized College or University in India

Student’s Need to do

Interested and eligible candidates (as per Table 1 for Board examination based eligibility or as per Table 2 or Table 3 for Competitive Examination based eligibility or passed Class XII Board Examination in 2011 having Eligibility Certificate/ Note issued by the respective Board) must apply in the prescribed format written
preferable in English & Hindi only. Attach attested copy of i) Certificate of Class X Board Examination for verification of Date of Birth, ii) Mark sheets of Class XII Board Examination, iii) Copy of the Eligibility Certificate/ Note for students passed in 2011 and iv) Endorsement Certificate from Principal of the College/ Director or Registrar of the Institute or University where the applicant is presently enrolled.
Application Format with all Tables are available at the website: for online ( and off-line ( submission. Applicants both offline & on-line, must submit Hardcopy of the duly filled-in application with all necessary documents to the Director, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Dr K S Krishnan Marg , New Delhi – 110012 by Ordinary Post only within 90 days from the date of this advertisement in
The envelope should mention on top “Application for INSPIRE Scholarship for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011” program.
Students who have applied earlier including 3rd April 2011 announcement on INSPIRE Scholarship & waiting for result, need not to make any fresh application now.