Ross Purse Doctoral Fellowship


The Ross C. Purse Doctoral Fellowship encourages and supports theoretical and practical research and studies at the doctoral level, in the field of vision loss in Canada.

The fellowship is awarded for research in the social sciences or other fields of study that are relevant to those experiencing of vision loss.

Amount of Award:

One fellowship is awarded annually to a qualified applicant. Successful applicants will be considered for subsequent funding only in exceptional circumstances.

Each fellowship is valued at up to CAD$12,500, to be paid in three equal installments. Initial payment is made at the time of the award, and the second installment is paid after receipt of an interim report outlining the development of your research.

Final payment is made conditional upon receipt by the Secretariat of the dissertation from the candidate and his/her thesis supervisor or department head.


Applications will be considered from persons studying at a Canadian university or college, or at a foreign university where a commitment to work in the field of vision loss in Canada for at least two years can be demonstrated.

Preference will be given to people doing research at a Canadian university or college.

Applicants must have achieved a high academic standing and must have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and judgment. Recipients may undertake paid employment with the permission of their supervisor of studies.


Completed applications must be submitted by June 30 of each year.

Application Process:

Please send completed applications to:

Shampa Bose
Research Coordinator
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 3E8
Tel: 416-486-2500 ext. 7622
Fax: 416-480-7000

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