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Women and Gender Studies

Brianna O'Connor Hersey Scholarship

  • Established by Karen Hersey and Family, the Women & Gender Studies Institute, and various donors
  • It is 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. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Institute for information on how to apply.

Hammed Shahidian Graduate Award in Women and Gender Studies

  • Established by Nahid Shahidian.
  • It is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in the MA 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.

 Janka Seydegart Scholarship in Feminist Studies

  • Established through the generous donations of the family of Janka Seydegart and matched by the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) and the Endowed Adjustment Fund (EAF).
  • It is awarded on the basis of financial need to a graduate student enrolled in the graduate collaborative program in Women's Studies (GCWS). (OSOTF

 Kay Armatage Graduate Women and Gender Studies Entrance Prize

  • Established by Kay Armatage and subsequently supported by the friends of the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women’s Studies.
  • It is awarded to an incoming student to the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women’s Studies on the basis of academic excellence, where financial need may also be considered.

Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award

  • Established by Mr. Keyvan Mahjoor, through the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Montreal and matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS).
  • It is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in either the MA or collaborative MA 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 standings and have demonstrated financial need.