Ingenium-University of Ottawa Graduate Fellowship in Gender, Science and Technology

Status: Open

Ingenium, Canada’s museums of science and innovation, invites graduate students from all faculties of the University of Ottawa to apply for a Graduate Fellowship in Gender, Science and Technology. Created in partnership with the University of Ottawa, this fellowship is for a period up to four months.

The fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to participate in public history projects related to gender, science and technology at a national museum, gain valuable heritage and curatorial work experience and have unique access to collections that are key to and support a student’s research.

2018 winners:

  • Jennifer Thivierge, doctoral candidate, Faculty of Arts, Department of History
  • Ghazaleh Jerban, doctoral candidate, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section


General fellowship information
  • Number of fellowships available: Two (1 remaining)
  • Value: $5,000
  • Duration: Maximum of four months (students are expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours during this period)
  • Expectations of the fellow:
    • Make at least one public presentation relating to the fellow’s research and contribute to Ingenium’s social media platforms;
    • Attend meetings of Ingenium’s Acquisition Committee and Collection Development Committee as an observer (approx. one meeting per month);
    • Contribute to the curatorial discussions on collection development, exhibitions and research initiatives in the specific subject area of the fellow’s project. For example, a fellow could:
      • Advise Ingenium curatorial staff on initiatives pertaining to the fellow’s area of interest;
      • Make recommendations to the Acquisition Committee on artifacts or library and archival material for the collections and contribute to acquisition proposals;
      • Conduct artifact research and contribute to collection assessments for collections in pertinent subject areas;
      • Advise Ingenium staff on and participate in planning exhibitions and loans and outreach programming in pertinent subject areas;
      • Advise Ingenium staff on and participate in the selection of artifacts for any digital initiatives in pertinent subject areas; and
      • Contribute to the dissemination of knowledge about Ingenium’s collections by conducting tours and organizing workshops in the collection warehouses (subject to availability of support from collection staff).
Responsibilities and requirements


The fellow will:

  • Undergo a security check;
  • Follow all Ingenium and University of Ottawa policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Adhere to Ingenium’s values and code of ethics when acting on behalf of Ingenium;
  • Adhere to Ingenium’s directive on conflict of interest and, if applicable, complete a confidentiality agreement;
  • Agree not to remove any part of Ingenium’s collections from storage facilities or museums without prior approval of the necessary individuals;
  • Follow rules and procedures for handling artifacts;
  • Protect confidential and private information;
  • Acknowledge Ingenium in any publications based on research supported by Ingenium or conducted as part of this fellowship; and
  • Be insured by their home institution or carry adequate personal insurance (insurance cannot be provided by Ingenium).



Ingenium will provide the fellow with:

  • Full access to the collection warehouses and collection database for the purposes described in the Statement of Work;
  • Training on the collection database and handling artifacts;
  • Full access to the library collections, including rare books, trade literature and archival collections; and
  • Workspace and support to conduct duties described in the Statement of Work.

Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student at the University of Ottawa registered in a master’s or doctoral program at the time of the award and throughout the award period; and
  • Have a minimum grade point average (CGPA) of 7.5 at time of application.

NOTE: The University of Ottawa is committed to equity in all its programs. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Application process
  1. Consult Ingenium’s collections and digital archives to identify the collection of interest.
  2. Prepare your application package, which must contain the following documents:
    • Statement of purpose no more than one page in length explaining why you want to participate in the program, how the program is connected with your research and how you plan to use Ingenium’s collections and open archives for your research (1.5 line spacing, 12 point font);
    • Transcripts;
    • Two letters of recommendation; and
    • Resumé.
  3. Combine your complete application package into one PDF file and send it by email to

NOTE: Only complete applications will be considered.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Overall quality of the statement of interest;
  • Complete description of research project;
  • Relevance of the research project to Ingenium’s collections;
  • Relevance to the student’s academic program or research interests; and
  • Level of academic excellence and participation in any community outreach activities.

NOTE: Preference will be given to students doing research on aviation, communications, space technology, and transportation (marine, motorized ground, non-motorized ground, and railway).

Important dates

Application Deadline
December 13, 2019

Announcement of Awards
December 20, 2019

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