Sustainability Scholarship

MetSoc’s Sustainability Section is passionately committed to creating a more sustainable global metallurgical and materials industry. The scholarship aims to encourage graduate studies in technical and environmental areas in the metallurgical and materials industry (i.e., research focused on the development of environmental practices and standards).

2023 Recipient

Shaihroz Khan

University of Toronto

Shaihroz Khan is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Shaihroz is an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholar (Doctoral) and Colin Hahnemann Bayley Fellow at the University of Toronto. He is working with Prof. Erin Bobicki and Prof. D. Grant Allen in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. As part of his Ph.D. research, Shaihroz is exploring the sustainable processing of phyllosilicates in the processing of nickel ultramafic ores. In doing so, he is first exploring the carbon dioxide capture and storage in the processing of nickel ultramafic ores and secondly working on sustainable reagents for processing the nickel ores more efficiently. Shaihroz has co-authored 8 peer-reviewed journal articles during his Ph.D. with 4 articles currently under review. He served as the Joint Health and Safety Representative of the CUPE 3902 at the University of Toronto where he advocated better work environment for research and teaching activities, and supported causes for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the University.

Scholarship Terms

The value of the scholarship is a single payment of $5,000 CAD. The amount of the award is reviewed annually by the Sustainability Section of MetSoc. No single individual should hold more than one scholarship award within MetSoc including its Technical sections in a given year. One award shall be made each year. However, the Award Committee may decide not to make an award if a suitable recipient is not identified.

Sustainability Scholarship


To be eligible the candidate should be registered in a Master’s or Ph.D. program during the entire 2022/2023 academic year in a Canadian university.

Student Chapter Guidelines

Recipient’s Obligation

The award shall be presented at the Conference of Metallurgists. At that time, the recipient may be requested to speak on a subject of major interest to them in the field of metallurgy.

We encourage student recipients to apply for student travel funding (if travel is more than 500km) through the MetSoc Student program to help subsidize travel costs. The Sustainability section may grant the student recipients a complimentary ticket for the award banquet.

Applications must include:
1) A copy of the applicant’s academic transcripts
2) A summary of the project, including preliminary results, a discussion concerning subsequent project orientation, and a list of prepared publications or conference presentations (2-3 pages maximum)

  • Impact of research on the sustainability of the metallurgical and materials industry
  • Superior academic ability
  • Creative and original thinking
  • Involvement in school or industry activities


The scholarship application program is closed for 2023.