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CNIB Master’s Scholarships

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CNIB Master’s Scholarships encourage and support students who are blind or partially sighted to undertake post-graduate studies.

Scholarships available:

Canada Power Corp. – 5 @ $5,000

  • This award is given out to a qualified applicant to pursue a master's degree.

CNIB Master's Scholarship – 1 @ $12,500

  • This award is given out annually to a qualified applicant to pursue a master's degree.

Nalini Perera Little Lotus Bud master’s Scholarship – 1 @ $5,000

  • This scholarship aims to enable a student to pursue a master’s degree at a Canadian university, while acquiring knowledge, skills and experience through field research to be able to transition to a career-furthering paid internship. Nalini Perera obtained an intermediate certificate from the Royal Institute of British Architects, a B.A. in architecture and planning and a M.A. in international relations. She is a classical piano gold medalist and was awarded paid internships to the mayor’s office in Manhattan and United Nations in New York. In mid-career, she developed glaucoma and became legally blind. Her 37-year career with the Canadian federal government included international travel.

Am I eligible?

To be considered eligible for a CNIB post-secondary scholarship, you must be/have:

  • Blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected vision)
  • A Canadian citizen or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application
  •  A university graduate who is entering a post-graduate education program
  • Plan to study at a Canadian university, or a foreign university where a commitment to return to Canada is expressed
  • A high academic standing with demonstrated superior intellectual ability and judgment
  • Note: Preference will be given to students planning to undertake theoretical and practical research at a Canadian university.

How to apply

Scholarship applications for the 2021/22 school year will open winter 2021. Please check back then.


For more information about the CNIB Foundation's scholarship program, please contact April Assenza, Executive Business Partner and Lead, Operations and Special Events, at