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McMaster University Indigenous and Black Engineering/Technology (IBET) PhD Fellowship 2021

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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 is a central pillar of the new IBET PhD Project which 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.

The project 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.

Eligibility & Selection

  • 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.

Terms of the Award

  • 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. 

Official Website: IBET PhD Fellowship

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