Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship

IBET Momentum Fellowship

The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship is the flagship fellowship for the IBET PhD Project.

This prestigious Fellowship will provide financial support of $25,000 per year for 4 years for University of British Columbia recipients. This funding support will allow the recipient(s) to pursue advanced degrees and undertake both traditional and/or non-traditional areas of research without incurring financial hardship.

The IBET Momentum Fellowship is intended to support Canadian Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Black researchers in achieving their rightful place and respected inclusion in academia at UBC.

This Fellowship is intended to help build and support an equitable environment that is reflective of Canada’s population and reconcile the under-representation of Indigenous and Black scholars at UBC. An integral component of the IBET Momentum Fellowship will be access to mentorship and community-wide support. 

Application Process

Applications for the UBC IBET momentum Fellowship open from July 15, 2022 are now closed.

To be eligible for this award applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who self-identify as being Indigenous* or Black
  • Meet the qualifying admission requirements (normally a cumulative average of 80%) for their chosen Faculty of Engineering PhD program
  •  Be admitted into the PhD program in Spring 2021 or later;
    • Students transferring from an eligible, incomplete Master’s program to a PhD may also be considered for the Fellowship

Direct entry (from Bachelors) PhD applicants may also be considered for the Fellowship.

*For the purposes of this Fellowship, an Indigenous person is a person who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit as defined in the Canadian Constitution Act 1982

Application Instructions:

1) Review the award eligibility and selection criteria.

2) Complete the application and email it to by the appropriate application deadline:

  • Winter Admission deadline - August 31st (now closed)
  • Spring Admission deadline - October 1st (now closed)

3) Submit a completed graduate program application by the program application deadline for the term to which you are applying for admission.

Along with the fillable pdf application form, applicants must submit the following:

4) Personal Statement (maximum one page, typed, single spaced) Describe your experiences, goals, and future interests that have led you to apply to your program of interest and this fellowship.

5) Statement of Research Interest (maximum one page) Provide a detailed statement of research interest detailing your previous academic/research experience and the type of research and course work you plan to pursue.


All award materials must be submitted to as a single PDF document by the above stated deadline:

☐ Application form

☐ Personal statement

☐ Statement of Research Interest

☐ For Indigenous applicants only - documentation confirming your Indigenous identity

☐ A completed graduate program application by the program application deadline for the term to which you are applying for admission.

Note: Program application materials will be accessed separately and do not need to be included in the e-mailed PDF award application.

IBET Application Form now CLOSED.

Mentorship Process

A key part of the success of the IBET PhD Project is mentorship with support from both our industrial partners and academic colleagues. By having supportive academics and professionals who have gone through the rigorous doctoral process we expect our young scholars will be even more successful.

A network of support will be a key part of building an environment of acceptance and connection. 

Our IBET PhD Project Mentors will provide high-quality mentorship and connect students with:

  • Outstanding research groups and professors
  • Industry research mentors
  • Combined industry and academic supervision

This will provide a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors. 

Faculty members will serve as role models in attracting and mentoring Indigenous and Black students while improving the preparation of all students for a fully diverse workplace and society. They can also help to identify key networking opportunities such as attending annual conferences.

Additional training that mentors can provide is CV/resume, professional social media use to build an online profile, online and in-person networking, future job search, and application tips.

Learn how you can become a mentor.

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