Advancing Women and Gender Studies

We ask the members of our extended community to make WGSI a philanthropic priority.  Every gift at every level can make a difference, and helps us to continue to produce leading scholarship, provide in-depth training for our students and advance community-based feminist work.

Thank you for your support!  To donate to the Women & Gender Studies Institute, please click here.

WGSI Initiative Fund

Addressing the greatest needs identified by the Director, to foster innovative teaching, programming, workshop and conference ideas.

WGSI PhD Student Fund

To attract and retain the brightest Ph.D. students to conduct original research.

Kay Armatage Graduate Women and Gender Studies Entrance Prize

To support an exceptional graduate student entering the collaborative program, named in honour of Professor Kay Armatage.

Margrit Eichler Student Leadership Award

To recognize outstanding leadership among undergraduate and graduate students, named in honour of Professor Margrit Eichler.

Brianna O’Connor Hersey Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a WGSI PhD student who has completed their first year of study. The scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates resilience and drive, shows strong communication skills, exemplifies creative thinking and methods, connects large and small scale thinking in their research, as well as engages with local or transnational communities in meaningful ways. Read more about Brianna O’Connor Hersey and this scholarship here.

For more information about giving to WGSI, including a new named scholarship, please contact:  Heather McLean, Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science at or 416-978-1844.