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Indigenous and Black Engineering/Technology (IBET) PhD Fellowship

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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 the next generation of students who will increase diversity in Canadian technology industries as they enter the workforce with graduate degrees from STEM programs.

Partner Institutions

McGill University
McMaster University
Ontario Tech University
Queen's University
Ryerson University
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
University of Windsor
Western University
York University

Award Selection Process

The Faculties of Engineering of six Ontario Universities (McMaster, Ottawa, Queen’s, Western, Waterloo, Toronto,) are committed to increasing the diversity of Canada’s workforce by increasing the diversity of engineering faculty and industry. As part of their efforts to encourage, mentor, support and enhance the preparation of tomorrow’s diverse leaders, each Engineering Faculty is creating the Indigenous and Black Engineering/Technology PhD Fellowship to attract and financially support highly qualified domestic applicants who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) and Black.

Each university shall hold a set of Fellowships.  McMaster recipients of the award shall receive a teaching assistantship and scholarship from the Dean valued in total at $25,000 per year for up to 4 years/12 terms while enrolled as a full-time student in good standing in the Faculty of Engineering.  An additional $6,000 per year shall be given by the home Department/Supervisor of the recipient.

The fellowship is intended as a scholarship for new students. Currently enrolled students will be awarded $25,000 on top of their existing funding package.  The award is subject to the Faculty’s Major Scholarship Policy, which means the value of the existing funding package (i.e. research scholarship and departmental scholarship) will be reduced by $2500 per term for the duration of receiving the fellowship.

  • Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada who self identifies as being Indigenous or Black;
  • 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 a PhD program in Engineering by the Fall 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.

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 Momentum 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 be eligible for the funding.
  • For the IBET Momentum Fellowship, a separate application is required. The Faculty Committee on Scholarships, chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies (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 Momentum 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

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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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