Gifting Awards & Scholarships

Will you support Anthropology through the creation of an award or scholarship?

The University of Toronto is committed to ensuring that qualified undergraduate and graduate students have access to the highest quality university education regardless of their financial circumstances. To support the university in this commitment, many alumni, friends, faculty and staff have chosen to establish scholarships. These awards recognize academic excellence or proficiency in a particular discipline while making university education a reality for many undergraduate and graduate students. It is in part due to the strong support of our friends and alumni that the department is able to attract and retain the academic talent that is the foundation of our community. We thank you for your commitment and we look forward to your continued involvement in the University of Toronto.

Making a donation to the Chair’s Trust Fund can now easily be done online by visiting the anthropology donation portal. Those who give online will receive an instant PDF tax receipt. The Chair’s Trust Fund will be used to direct money to areas that have the greatest need.

How Can I Support Student Awards?

You may direct your donation towards general support for student awards, in either a particular program or a department, or to an established award. Alternatively, you can establish a new named award.

How Can I Create a New Named Award?

An award may be funded by a single donor with either one donation or through annual donations over a period of time. New awards can be established at any time of year. Your schedule of payments will determine how quickly the fund can generate awards for students. An award can also be funded by multiple donors. For example, in honour awards are often funded by friends, family and colleagues. Once established an award can be built up through future contributions, which may increase both the value and number of awards made to students each year.

Scholarship Donation Opportunities:

The Department hopes to enhance each of the following scholarships in order to greatly increase funds available for student aid, and thus enhance the Department’s ability to attract the very best scholars from across Canada and internationally.

Richard B. Lee Award in Critical Anthropology 
Awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Critical Anthropology written for a course given in the Department.

Andre Bekerman Memorial Graduate Scholarship
In memory of Anthropology PhD student Andre Bekerman. Created from funds raised by the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union. Awarded annually through competition to a graduate student pursuing a degree in the field of archaeology.

Melissa J. Knauer Memorial Fund
In memory of a PhD student from our department who died in the field in 1985. The fund is used to support feminist research by graduate students. Given annually as a result of a competition.

Sir Daniel Wilson Award in Anthropology
Established in 1997 to support awards to both undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology on the basis of need and merit.

Lorna Marshall Fund
Created by a donation from Lorna Marshall, the celebrated ethnographer of the Kalahari !Ju/khousi (formerly Bushan or San) peoples on the occasion of her honorary degree, 1987. To support fieldwork by a student in Social/Cultural Anthropology.

The William John Witemberg Scholarship
To support a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology.

Professor Forst Fuller Biological Anthropology Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Professor Emeritus John T. and Melinda Mayhall in memory of Dr. Forst Fuller, a Professor of Physiology at DePauw University. To be awarded to a top biological anthropology student in 4th year based on academic excellence.

For more information about making a donation, please contact the Office of Advancement at 416-978-0811 or

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