Since its launch last year, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project has doubled in size from its initial six university partners. Queen’s University and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is proud to be one of the founding partners in this initiative.

With a goal to increase the number of Indigenous and Black engineering professors teaching and researching in universities across Canada, the inaugural recipient from Queen’s was Chris Williams who earned a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering here in 2021 before beginning his PhD studies last year.

The engineering faculties of each participating university—Queen’s University, along with McGill University, McMaster University, Ontario Tech University, Ryerson University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, and Western University—have launched an information hub,, featuring this video which articulates the purpose, structure, and goals of the initiative.

Queen’s Professor, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green, Sc’87 (Mathematics and Engineering), reflects in the video on his experience as an Indigenous scholar, the value of mentorship, and the need for diverse experiences and perspectives in the engineering field and academia.

Learn more about the Queen's IBET Scholarship and view/download the application form.