Women & Gender Studies Institute

Alumni & Friends


The Hammed Shahidian Legacy Initiative

The Women and Gender Studies Institute is the recipient of the Hammed Shahidian Legacy Initiative Fund. This generous endowment is dedicated to both a Graduate Award and a Lecture Series in women and gender studies. The Lecture series will attract some of the world’s finest critical feminist scholars and provide a platform for graduate students to engage in debates and discussions on themes that are particularly relevant to the current condition of women internationally.

Visit the Hammed Shahidian Legacy website for more details.

The Janka Seydegart Scholarship in Feminist Studies

Janka Seydegart dedicated her life and work to social justice for women, and to the love, development and protection of children. An alumna of the University of Toronto, she worked for many years as a social worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto and served as a Field Instructor for the Faculty of Social Work at the University in the 1960s and 70s.

The Janka Seydegart Scholarship in Feminist Studies was established in 1999. The graduate scholarship alternates between the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) and the Faculty of Social Work, and recognizes Janka’s interest in and commitment to lifelong learning.

The Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award

Established by Keyvan Mahjoor, in memory of his late wife, The Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award will help students in the M.A. or Collaborative M.A. Program who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students who are committed to regional, international, and transnational community-based and social justice themes focused on the Middle East.


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WGSI PhD Student Fund

The Women & Gender Studies Institute has established the WGSI PhD Student Fund through the Provost’s PhD Enhancement Fund (PPEF) program to honour the introduction of our PhD program. The PhD program will allow for an in-depth training, at the faculty level, in feminist theory and methods which specifically educate students to think about questions in an interdisciplinary way. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate programs in women and gender studies draw on, and contribute to, five fields: (1) feminist, colonial, post-colonial, diasporic and transnational studies; (2) gender, sexuality and queer studies; (3) cultural studies; (4) feminist technoscience, environmental and biomedical studies; and (5) transnational political economy and development studies. The required focus on transnational feminist makes UofT’s programming distinctive. We are proud of the growth and exceptionality of our curriculum.In order to remain competitive in attracting the brightest students, the Faculty of Arts & Science, together with WGSI, has identified a pressing need for funding for financial assistance. We invite you – alumni and friends – to make a contribution to this endowed scholarship as we take advantage of our collective gifts in support of PhD students.

WGSI Initiative Fund

Kay Armatage Graduate Women and Gender Studies Entrance Prize

Donations to this prize will support an outstanding incoming student to the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women’s Studies.

Margrit Eichler Student Leadership Award

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The WGSI Friends list is used to circulate information about our co-sponsored events, announcements and opportunities relating to Women and Gender studies. If you would like to subscribe to our listserv, please send an e-mail to joanne.saliba@utoronto.ca with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject heading.

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