Scholarships & Awards

Valued at $5,000, the City of Toronto scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in Women and Gender Studies who has completed their third year of study and is enrolled in a major or specialist program. Click here to learn more.
Awarded to full- or part-time graduate and undergraduate Women and Gender Studies students. Applicants must complete a University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant Application form and supply the contact information for two referees. Click here to learn more.
Awarded to Women and Gender Studies students graduating with a Specialist or Major in the area.

Elsie Gregory MacGill was the first woman to receive a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1927. Following graduation, Elsie became the first woman to earn a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan. During the Second World War, Elsie led a team of engineers and created the Hawker Hurricane (a popular single-seat fighter aircraft), earning her the nickname “Queen of the Hurricanes.” To learn more about Elsie’s work, check out this Heritage Minute video or her page in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in WGS160Y: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies.

Helen Gregory MacGill was the first woman to graduate from Trinity College, the first woman in the British Empire to earn a music degree, and the first female judge to join British Columbia’s legislature in 1917, serving for twenty-three years. Helen was a strong advocate for women’s rights and founded the Vancouver Music Society to allow women to enjoy music together and discuss ideas of social importance. To learn more about Helen, watch this video on the fight for women’s right to vote in British Columbia, or check out her page in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Two awards (one undergraduate and one graduate) of $1,500 are available annually. Click here to learn more about the award.

December 6th marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, with events across the country and on all three University of Toronto campuses. In 2016, this award was established to recognize students who have made important contributions in the area of gender-based violence research and prevention. To learn more about why this event exists and how the university continues to honour it, check out this article.