Women & Gender Studies Institute


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.