The Inspiring Science Award for the best
published scientific paper in the Life Sciences from India.

An annual award and travel fellowship picked by an eminent jury.

Total number of entries received: 150
Entries are now closed

Click here to submit your entry now

Entries will close at midnight, 31st October 2017.

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Entries received:


The jury and the sponsors aim to recognise and reward quality science, inspire scholarship and support researchers to pursue their passion in the life sciences by selecting the best published scientific paper in the life sciences from India each year.


1. A global travel fellowship to attend one of the Cell Symposia held annually at different locations around the world, the ISA trophy, and a citation.

2. Six papers will be shortlisted by the jury for the top pick. All shortlisted candidates will receive a laptop and a citation, and will be invited to the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series, where the prizes will be announced.

Eligibility (2018):

The Award and the Travel Fellowship is for the best paper in the Life Sciences published from India. The Award and the Travel Fellowship is open to young scientists in the Life Sciences who have published a paper between 1st November 2016 and 31th October 2017. The scientist must be affiliated to a research institution or university based in India, where the work must have been conducted. Papers with co-authors (Indian or International) are also eligible for consideration. However, the Award/Travel fellowship will be made to the primary (first) author who is expected to have secured his/her PhD degree not before 1st October 2013.

Annual Schedule:

The announcement of the Inspiring Science Award coincides with the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series,  held annually across 3 cities in India. Please stay tuned to this page for the tour of 2018.


Dr. Emilie Marcus announces the genesis of the award and the travel fellowship

This contest was announced by Dr. Emilie Marcus, CEO Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief, Cell, at the The Cell Press - TNQ India Lecture in Bengaluru on January 18th 2016.

"This year we have an exciting announcement to make. Building on the successful tradition of the lectureship in inspiring students to pursue their passion with careers in scientific research, we are creating "The Inspiring Science Award" in association with the lectures.  The idea for this award was brought forth to us by Professor Anuranjan Anand of JNCASR and we would like to express our thanks and appreciation to him for helping extend the impact of the lecture series in promoting young Indian scientists".We have constituted 3 panels of Judges, in Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi (our usual lecture locations).  The decision of the judges will be final and binding.