IBET Momentum Fellowships

Now Accepting Applications


The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships aim to address the urgent need to provide pathways that encourage and support the pursuit of graduate studies by under-represented groups. The program goal is to change the academic landscape within the next five to 10 years by removing historical and systemic barriers to participation by Indigenous and Black scholars and increasing the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) and Black engineering professors teaching and researching in universities across Ontario.

The IBET initiative seeks to bring more diverse perspectives and voices into engineering research and the Canadian technology industries. In particular, at the University of Toronto, we believe that the IBET initiative can provide an opportunity to platform and support prospective researchers who value their work, engagement, leadership and impact within their communities.

Each year, two (2) IBET Momentum Fellowship recipients will receive financial support, mentorship, training and networking opportunities to foster a robust professional community for participating PhD candidates. Fellowship recipients will receive $25,000 a year for four years as they pursue doctorate degrees and specialized engineering research.

IBET Momentum Fellows will be offered a unique experience as PhD students, as they will be given the opportunity to rotate between selected labs and supervisors during their first term of registration into the PhD program. Rotations are an effective way to clarify research interests and explore different supervisory styles, lab environments and to help build a network.

Fellowship program features include:

Massey College Junior Fellowship

IBET Momentum Fellowship recipients will also be guaranteed an interview to join the Massey College Junior Fellowship. If approved by the Selection Committee, the recipients can choose to be resident or non-resident Massey College Junior Fellows. No additional application necessary.

Students will be responsible for any associated fees as Massey College Junior Fellow.

More about Massey College Junior Fellowships:

Internship Opportunities 

Mitacs has paired up with the IBET PhD Project to provide paid internship opportunities to IBET Fellows through their Accelerate and Globalink programs.  Find out more here.

Eligibility to apply for the IBET Momentum Fellowship

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) or Black (African-Canadian, Caribbean-Canadian, or Afro-Caribbean heritage).
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements for admission to the PhD program in their selected graduate unit in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.
  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD are eligible to apply to the IBET Fellowship. However, flexible-time applicants can only be admitted by a department where the flexible-time PhD program is offered, currently in University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Civil and Mineral Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Materials Science Engineering.
  • Has submitted an application to apply to a PhD program in engineering and received an application number. Review application process and deadlines.
  • Planning to start their PhD program in September 2023 or January 2024.
  • Due to the central role of the rotations in this initiative, students planning to by-pass/transfer to the PhD from the master’s program are not eligible.

Selection criteria

Once all eligibility criteria are met, a candidate’s application is assessed on their highlighted community leadership, engagement and professional commitment particularly within/for Indigenous and/or Black communities.

Candidates are advised to highlight these elements within throughout application.

Note that the level of interest of the candidate in completing rotations is not a selection criterion.

Eligibility to hold the IBET Momentum Fellowship

  • Has been admitted into the PhD program for September 2023 or January 2024 in a Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering department or institute.
  • Registered full time in a PhD program in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.
  • Committed to rotate through at least three laboratories in the first term of their program, before choosing a permanent primary PhD supervisor.
  • Must maintain satisfactory progression in academic program to remain eligible.

Application process

Step 1:  To qualify, you first need to apply for the UofT Engineering PhD program directly with a graduate unit. *Review application process and deadlines. Prospective IBET applicants do not need to have identified a PhD supervisor when they submit an application to a PhD program. *If deadlines have already passed, please reach out to David Duong, d.duong@utoronto.ca for assistance on how you can apply.

Step 2:  After you have applied to the UofT PhD program, to apply for the IBET Momentum Fellowship and submit your documents, please complete the application form.

  • Applicants who apply to the IBET Momentum Fellowships that meet the eligibility requirements will have their application fee reimbursed. See reimbursement instructions.
  • As part of the application, you will be required to submit:
    • 1) your CV and
    • 2) a one-page statement on your involvement and contribution to the underrepresented student community with which you identify.
    • 3) if applicable, a half-page statement signaling your interest in completing optional rotations through up to three laboratories in the first four to six months of your program, before choosing a permanent primary PhD supervisor.
    • 4) a letter of reference, written and signed by someone who can speak to your contributions and development within community-based leadership, engagement and professional commitment (particularly within/for one’s own ethno-cultural or racial community). The reference’s contact details should be included in the letter.
    • Please submit these documents as a single PDF file by email to David Duong in the Graduate Studies Office: d.duong@utoronto.ca

The IBET Momentum Fellowship evaluation committee will include members of the Engineering Graduate Education Committee in collaboration with members of U of T Engineering’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism and members of the Indigenous and Black communities.

If you have any questions please reach out to David Duong in the U of T Engineering Graduate Studies Office: d.duong@utoronto.ca.

Deadline to apply

Step 1:  Deadline to apply to PhD program directly with graduate units: *Review application process and deadlines. *If deadlines have already passed, please reach out to David Duong, d.duong@utoronto.ca for assistance on how you can apply.

Step 2:  Deadline to apply for IBET Momentum Fellowships, once you have submitted an application to apply to a PhD program in engineering and received an application number: Deadline: February 1, 2023.


Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering office of the Vice Dean Graduate will notify all applicants regarding the status of their application by the end of April 2023.

Have questions about the fellowship or about our PhD program?

Contact David Duong, d.duong@utoronto.ca for a virtual meeting

Meet the IBET Momentum Fellowship winners:

Mai Ali  | 2021-2022 Recipient

Mai Ali

Gaius St. Marie | 2022-2023 Recipient

D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika | 2021-2022 Recipient


Oseremen Ebewele  | 2022-2023 Recipient

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is committed to achieving equity and professionalism at all levels of our school while promoting an inclusive culture in how our Faculty looks, feels and acts. This initiative is part of our Faculty’s holistic approach to improving representation within our community and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in our programs. Visit uofteng.ca/EDI for more information on our work.