McMaster IBET fellowship ‘opened up my world’ says 2021 winner
The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Project (IBET) aims to foster equitable and inclusive research and teaching environments.
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.
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.
The award will be administered in accordance with these terms as well as the Regulations for Payment as amended from time to time.
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.
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.
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