David Buller Memorial Scholarship

The David Buller Memorial Scholarship was established at the University of Toronto following the tragic murder of a highly respected senior lecturer in the Visual Studies program in the Department of Fine Art.

In 2001, friends, family, students and colleagues generously contributed to the scholarship. These contributions were matched by the University of Toronto.  

The scholarship provides critical financial assistance to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Visual Studies program annually.  

Recipients of the David Buller Memorial Scholarship

A letter from Arezu Salamzadeh, 2020 and 2021 scholarship recipient. 

Excerpt: "I was working part time as a bartender three days per week.... I've concluded that your scholarship has saved me over 300 hours of wage labour....that I will now be able to put towards developing my artistic practice, research, and community activism." Read the full letter »

2023: Lina Wu (she/her)

2022: amelia ehrhardt (they/them)

2021: Sarah Zanchetta (she/her)

2021 - Arezu Salamzadeh

2020 - Arezu Salamzadeh

2019 - Simon Fuh / Matthew Nish-Lapidus 

2018 - Brandon Poole

2017 - Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh

2016 - Rouzbeh Akbhari

2015 - Sona Sofaei

2014 - Elisa Julia Gilmour

2013 - Roya Akbari

2012 - Ido Govrin

2011 - Julius Manapul

2010 - Francisco Fernando Granados

2009 - Blake Williams

2007 - David Court

2006 - Deanna Bowen

2004 - Andrea Cooper

2003 - Catherine Heard

2003 - Jean-Paul Kelly 

2003 - Craig Leonard

We welcome your participation

The family and friends of the late Professor Buller wish to enhance this scholarship to build a living legacy to David Buller’s passion for the field of visual studies, and to provide financial support and recognition to a deserving graduate student annually. Donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Donate Online

To make a donation online, CLICK HERE.  Scroll down the page and select, "Daniels Faculty Student Financial Aid." Please write in the notes section that you would like your donation to be directed to the David Buller Memorial Scholarship.

Donate by Mail

Cheques can be made out to the “University of Toronto” and directed to the David Buller Memorial Scholarship (project #0560007083). Please mail cheques to:

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto
1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 2J5

For questions or assistance with making a donation to the David Buller Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact:
Jacqueline Raaflaub