In addition to funding that is available from the home graduate units, the Graduate Program in Women and Gender Studies offers the following scholarships:
The Hammed Shahidian Graduate Award in Women and Gender Studies
As funds permit.
Awarded upon acceptance to the M.A. or Ph.D. Program.
Admission award given to a graduate student enrolled in the M.A. or Ph.D. Program in Women and Gender Studies whose research focuses on women and social movements, women and secularism, transnationalism, and the state. Preference will be given to international students and/or to students working in the Middle East and North Africa. Established in memory of Professor Hammed Shahidian, author of Women in Iran: Gender Politics in the Islamic Republic and Women in Iran: Emerging Voices in the Women’s Movement, and key contributor to debates on women in Muslim majority states, discussions of secularism and democracy, and women’s resistance to theocratic regimes.
Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award
As funds permit.
Awarded upon acceptance into the CWGS Program.
To be awarded to a graduate student enrolled in the Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies. Preference will be given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to social justice scholarship and regional, international, and transnational community-based themes. Further preference will be given to students working on Middle East issues. Recipients must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need as determined by OTSS guidelines. Under OTSS, financial need and Ontario residency as well as Canadian citizenship, Permanent resident or Protected persons status is a requirement for this award. Students must complete an OSOTF Financial Need Assessment Form and the OSOTF II/OTSS Form.
City of Toronto Women’s Studies Graduate Scholarship
Apply by November 1, 2021
The City of Toronto Women’s Studies Graduate Scholarship, its value dependent on annual income, is awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate studies in Women and Gender Studies (Degree or Collaborative Program). The award will be given on the basis of financial need and academic merit to students deemed most likely to contribute to studies on the status of women, community studies and public policy including studies in the areas of transportation, housing, urban planning, employment, public works and municipal services. Read more.
Margrit Eichler Student Leadership Award
Awarded at the end of the academic year
This award recognizes overall achievement in graduate student leadership during the academic year. Professor Margrit Eichler was the first Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute, which was founded in 1999.
Kay Armatage Graduate Women and Gender Studies Entrance Prize
To support an exceptional graduate student entering the Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies, named in honour of Professor Kay Armatage.
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.
WGSI TA Award
Awarded at the end of the academic year
This award recognizes overall achievement in research, teaching and service, and is awarded on the basis of faculty nominations.
Henry N.R. Jackman Junior Fellowship
Awarded upon acceptance into the Ph.D. Program
Thanks to a generous gift from Chancellor Emeritus Hal Jackman, the Jackman Junior Fellowships (JJF) were established to assist in the recruitment of top doctoral students. Jackman Junior Fellows are affiliated with their graduate unit, but participate in Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) sponsored events. The objective of the JJFs is to recuit the strongest students in the applicant pool, many of whom have an economic incentive to go elsewhere. The award consists of a $15,000 recruitment award, plus top ups of $5,000 per year in years two through four. These funds are provided on top of the base funding package. Domestic or international doctoral students are eligible.
Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows in the Humanities
2021 deadline not yet announced
Graduate Fellowships are open to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities at the University of Toronto who will be in the final year of writing their dissertation when they hold the fellowship. The recipients of this fellowship hold an office at the JHI and participate in weekly luncheon seminars, presenting their own work to the other Fellows at some point during the year. Graduate Fellows do not work as Teaching Assistants or course instructors during the year of their appointment in order to concentrate on completing their dissertations. Applicants for Graduate Fellowships are nominated by their departments, and must have completed at least one full chapter of their thesis at the time of application. They are selected by the incoming Faculty Research Fellows on the basis of scholarship and scholarly promise, as well as the relationship of their topic to the Annual Theme. Approximately three Graduate Fellows are appointed each year. Applications are solicited early in the spring, with the selection process completed by May.
Award for Scholarly Achievement in the Area of Gender-Based Violence
Each December 6th, the University of Toronto community marks the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women with events across the institution. In 2016, the University established the Graduate and Undergraduate Award for Scholarly Achievement to recognize students who have made distinctive contributions in the area of gender-based violence research and prevention.
The two awards (one undergraduate and one graduate) are available annually in the amount of $1,500.
Applications for the 2021 Award are due on October 15.
To learn more visit: http://uoft.me/Dec6Award
Other Internal Awards at the University of Toronto
The School of Graduate Studies administers a number of other internal awards. Information on these awards is circulated to students admitted to the master’s program in late spring/early summer. We encourage all students to apply for these awards. Often, the number of applicants for a given award are surprisingly small.
For more details, go to the School of Graduate Studies website.
Student Loans / Ontario Student Assistance Programs (OSAP)
Students are encouraged to investigate their eligibility for these programs. Application forms and brochures can be obtained from Admissions & Awards, University of Toronto, 315 Bloor Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A3. For more information visit the OSAP website.
Additional Help with Financial Planning
The School of Graduate Studies has Financial Assistance Counsellors who can help enrolled students with financial planning.