Do you aspire to becoming a leader in engineering research and education? Do you want to be a role model for younger generations? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship may be for you!

Recipients will receive $25,000 a year for four years, along with the support of an IBET mentor, as they pursue doctorate degrees and specialized engineering research. At the University of Ottawa, all candidates are given the option of pursuing their PhD in French or English.

The IBET Momentum Fellowship is intended to support Indigenous and Black researchers in achieving inclusion in academia at the University of Ottawa. This fellowship, which is the result of a partnership between six Canadian universities, aims to increase diversity within these institutions and within STEM fields. Learn more about the impact of this partnership.

Dominira Saul
Student voices

“By deepening my knowledge in the domain of innovation, I can further leverage my experience to help be the change that I envision.”

Dominira Saul

— IBET Fellow and PhD student, Digital Transformation and Innovation


  • Self-identify as Indigenous to Canada (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) or Black (African Canadian, Caribbean Canadian, or of Afro-Caribbean heritage)
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Meet the admission requirements of a PhD program in the Faculty of Engineering

Deadlines for the academic year 2023 - 2024

  • Fall term : October 31, 2023
  • Winter term : March 31, 2024
  • Summer term : July 31, 2024

How to apply

  1. Fill out the online form
  2. Provide the following documentation:
    • An academic curriculum vitae (CV)
      • Include scholarly interests, skills developed through academic degrees, and related teaching or research experience
    • A statement of purpose
      • Describe how your personal and academic background makes you a good candidate for the fellowship
      • Demonstrate your interest in the IBET goals
      • Provide insight into what drives you to become a leader and how your PhD studies will help you grow in this capacity
    • A letter of support from your PhD supervisor
    • Any other documentation you judge relevant to your application

Applications will be reviewed by the IBET Selection Committee. Short-listed candidates or their supervisor may be contacted for an interview or additional information.

If you have any questions about the process or require assistance, please contact us.

We're here to help

We want this fellowship to benefit as many people as possible. If you are a master’s or bachelor’s degree student interested in applying for a PhD and the IBET Fellowship, please reach out to us. We can help you find a PhD supervisor, prepare your application, and more.
Contact the IBET Committee