February 9, 2024

Ingenium Launches Black And African Canadian Science Technology Fellowship

Ingenium has opened applications for its new Black and African Canadian Scientific and Technological Innovations Fellowship.

Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, is responsible for Canada’s national scientific and technological collection, which includes over two million archival items and more than 150,000 artifacts.

It also oversees three national museums in Ottowa, including the Canada Science and Technology Museum, where the fellowship will occur.

The fellowship was developed in partnership with the Black Canadian Studies Association with the help of founding donors Dr. Gervan Fearon and Dr. Kathy Moscou.

“We are pleased to be the founding donors for the establishment of Ingenium,” said Moscou and Fearon in a press release.

“We believe that an inclusive Canada best serves all Canadians and the world. We believe Ingenium, in partnership with the Black Canadian Studies Association, can ensure Black Canadians are included and inspired to be part of this bright future of science and innovation in Canada.”

The Fellowship Program

The fellowship program invites graduate students to research historical and contemporary connections between Black and African Canadians and science and innovation.

Two students each year for the next five years will be welcomed onto the fellowship. 

The program encourages fellows to craft an engaging research project that connects Ingenium’s collection with Black and African Canadian communities and histories.

Two fellowships will be awarded at $5,000 each as they develop skills and have a meaningful impact on collection development and knowledge dissemination.

“We are thrilled to launch this new fellowship program in partnership with the Black Canadian Studies Association, which will provide opportunities to make a national impact through student-led research that examines the considerable contributions of Black and African Canadians to science and innovation,” said Christina Tessier, President, and CEO of Ingenium.

Applicants for the fellowship must be a full-time or part-time students at a Canadian university, registered in a Master’s or Doctoral program at the time of the award.

The deadline to apply is March 4, 2024.

Image: Dr. Gervan Fearon and Dr. Kathy Moscou at the launch event for Ingenium’s new Black and African Canadian Scientific and Technological Innovations Fellowship. (CNW Group/Ingenium)

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.