Become an IBET Momentum Fellow

2024-2025 competition open to new incoming domestic applicants to PhD programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.

The Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University has proudly joined the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project, which is intended to foster equitable and inclusive research environments to increase the presence of Indigenous and Black academics in STEM.

This partnerships aims to increase the number of Indigenous faculty and Black faculty in engineering and computer science fields across Canada by providing financial support and fostering a supportive, respectful community for its fellows.

Available Funding

$32,000/year for four years ($128,000 total), plus consideration for a TA position.

Note: $6,000/year of the $32,000/year must be secured through the doctoral student’s thesis supervisor.

Eligibility to Apply

All applicants must:

  • Be 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 PhD admission requirements for their program in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.
  • Have already applied and are planning to start their PhD program in September 2024 or January 2025 (excludes fast-track/transfer to the PhD program from a master’s program).

Eligible PhD Programs:

Selection Criteria

Statements on career interest, research plan, leadership and communication skills

Criteria One – Research Ability and Potential (Weight: 50%)

Quality of research proposal:

  • specific, focused, and feasible research question(s) and objective(s)
  • clear description of the proposed methodology
  • significance and expected contributions to research

Relevant training, such as academic training, lived experience and traditional teachings.

Research experience and achievements relative to the applicant’s stage of study, lived experience and knowledge systems.

Quality of contributions and extent to which they advance the field of research. Contributions may include:

  • publications, patents, reports, posters, abstracts, monographs, presentations, creative outputs, knowledge translation outputs, community products, etc.

Demonstration of sound judgment and ability to think critically.

Demonstration of responsible and ethical research conduct, including honest and thoughtful inquiry, rigorous analysis, commitment to safety and to the dissemination of research results and adherence to the use of professional standards.

Enthusiasm for research, originality, initiative, autonomy, relevant community involvement and outreach.

The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats.

Criteria Two – Relevant Experience and Achievements Obtained within and Beyond Academia (Weight: 50%)

Indicators of relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia:

  • Scholarships, awards, and distinctions (amount, duration, and prestige)

Academic record:

  • Transcripts
  • Duration of previous studies
  • Program requirements and courses pursued
  • Course load
  • Relative standing in program (if available)

Professional, academic, and extracurricular activities as well as collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, peers, students, and members of the community, such as:

  • teaching, mentoring, supervising and/or coaching
  • managing projects
  • participating in science and/or research promotion
  • community outreach, volunteer work and/or civic engagement
  • chairing committees and/or organizing conferences and meetings
  • participating in departmental or institutional organizations, associations, societies and/or clubs

Application Process

Applications for the IBET Momentum Fellowship should be submitted by email (“re: IBET Momentum Fellowship”) to Jenna McConnell ( by March 15, 2024.

Applications must include thesis supervisor’s agreement for $6,000/year funding, your CV, academic transcripts, statement of career interest, statement of research plan, statements highlighting your leadership and communication skills, and which eligible community you identify as for this fellowship. Supporting documentation of Identity may be requested.