Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship

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The Faculty of Mathematics is pleased to offer the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship. As co-creators with the Faculty of Engineering, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the Canadian workforce by enhancing the Faculty’s efforts to support and prepare tomorrow’s diverse leaders.

The IBET Momentum Fellowship is available to doctoral students registered full-time in the Faculty of Mathematics. The Fellowships are 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 the University of Waterloo.  

Each Fellowship is valued at $25,000 per year with an additional $5,000 per year in the form of a Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) for a maximum of 4 years/12 terms. This will allow recipients to pursue advanced degrees and undertake both traditional and/or non-traditional areas of research without incurring financial hardship.

Eligibility and selection criteria

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 minimum admission requirements (normally a cumulative average of 80%) for their chosen Faculty of Mathematics PhD program
  • Be admitted into the PhD program in Spring 2022 or later;
    • Students transferring from an eligible, incomplete Master’s program to a PhD may also be considered for the Fellowship
  • The IBET Fellowship Selection Committee will select recipients on the basis of information provided in their award application, graduate program application and any relevant transfer-related paperwork. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Mathematics will serve as one of the committee members.

*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 process

  1. Complete the Mathematics IBET Momentum Fellowship Application Form (.docx) along with the required personal statement and statement of research interest and email it to by the applicable term deadline: 
    • February 1 (for Fall admission)
    • June 1 (for Winter admission)
    • October 1 (for Spring admission)
  2. Submit a completed graduate program application by the program application deadline.