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Indigenous and Black Engineering/Technology (IBET) PhD Fellowship

McMaster Engineering has partnered with five other Ontario universities (Waterloo, Ottawa, UofT, Queen’s and Western) to release a new Fellowship to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering.

The IBET Momentum Fellowship aims to address the urgent need to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate studies by underrepresented groups.

The Fellowship is valued up to $25,000 per year for up to four years for doctoral students in the Faculty of Engineering and is available annually.

This initiative aims to change the academic landscape within the next five to 10 years by increasing the number of Indigenous and Black engineering professors teaching and researching in universities across Ontario.

It will also create a pipeline of students who will increase diversity in Canadian technology industries as they enter the workforce with graduate degrees from STEM programs.


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Award Selection Process

  • Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada who self identifies as being indigenous or black (African-Canadian, Caribbean-Canadian, or Afro-Caribbean heritage);

  • Meet the minimum admission requirements of their chosen doctoral program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) or School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) in McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering;

  • Admitted/transferred into the PhD program in the Spring term of 2021 or later; 

  • Maintain Full-Time status while enrolled in the PhD program;

  • Must stay in good standing within the program and maintain satisfactory progress in their academic program to remain eligible.

  • The Faculty Committee on Scholarships, chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, will consider applications for this fellowship based on stated evaluation criteria in its terms of reference. Fellowships may be awarded in the Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer terms.

View the full application online here. 

  • Recipients who hold or are subsequently awarded a major scholarship* may have the value of their fellowship reduced. The Departmental/Supervisor portion of the IBET Fellowship may be partially or fully reduced while receiving this additional funding.  *Major scholarships have a value of more than $10,000, with examples including: Vanier, Tri-Agency Doctoral CGS and PGS, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST. The Faculty of Engineering will advise the student(s) of any adjustments to their funding accordingly.

  • The IBET Fellowship can only be held by a student enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Engineering.  The student may be admitted into the program by direct-entry, admissions with a Master’s degree, or transferring from a Master’s program. 


  • If a recipient of the IBET Fellowship transfers out (either to a PhD program outside of the Faculty of Engineering or to a MASc or MEng program) or is withdrawn from their PhD program, then they will no longer continue to receive funding.

  • For the IBET Fellowship, a separate application is required.  The Faculty Committee on Scholarships, chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, will consider new program applicants (or those transferring to the PhD programs, as applicable) who have submitted a separate award application form as potential candidates for this fellowship based on the criteria for the award, on the basis of information provided in their award application and graduate program application, and any relevant transfer-related paperwork. 

  • Recipients agree to their name and likeness being publicly associated with the IBET Fellowship, including but not limited to, appearing in stories and videos on the Faculty’s website and social media channels as well as the central website created by the six participating universities. 

The award will be administered in accordance with these terms as well as the Regulations for Payment as amended from time to time.

How we're working towards inclusive excellence 

There is transformative work being undertaken at McMaster University to ensure inclusive excellence in the recruitment and retention of faculty and students that have been underrepresented across all academic disciplines, which is articulated in McMaster’s EDI Strategy: Towards Inclusive Excellence and reinforced in the President’s recent letter to the community.

As part of this transformative work, McMaster University launched a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments in November 2020 of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties.

The Faculty of Engineering has also supported the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) McMaster Chapter in launching a new scholarship for Canadian Black students entering the Faculty in December 2020. The NSBE McMaster Chapter Entrance Award will provide $2,500 a year to first-year Black students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and valuable contributions to their community.

Learn more about McMaster's Equity and Inclusion office

Our commitment to targeted hiring and antiracism: President’s letter

June 25, 2020 / Source: Daily News

Our commitment to targeted hiring and antiracism: President’s letter

McMaster has made a commitment to the strategic, accelerated hiring of Black faculty members with disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths, who will advance institutional and Faculty research priorities and contribute to African and African Diaspora Studies.

McMaster makes commitment to Black academic excellence across the university

November 23, 2020 / Source: McMaster Daily News

McMaster makes commitment to Black academic excellence across the university

McMaster is taking a new approach to ensure that the scholarship and scholarly work of the university support a commitment to inclusive excellence and create new opportunities to significantly increase the number of Black faculty members participating across all areas of the university.

New scholarship launched to support Black engineering students

January 12, 2021

New scholarship launched to support Black engineering students

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) McMaster Chapter has launched a new scholarship that will be awarded annually to Canadian Black students entering the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster.

Why McMaster?

Located within Canada's innovation corridor, McMaster Engineering in Hamilton, Ontario, believes diversity of thought can create global change and a brighter world for all.

Collaboration with industry partners, access to a network of leading researchers; support through career planning and professional development are some of the diverse experiences that will fast-track you on a successful career path.

McMaster Engineering is consistently among the top 10 engineering school rankings in Canada and contributes to McMaster University's overall ranking as one of the top schools in the world across all rankings. We offer a range of research-based and professional Master's degrees as well as PhD programs.

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