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CNIB Master’s Scholarships

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CNIB Master’s Scholarships help support students who are blind or partially sighted in their post-graduate studies. If you are pursuing a master's degree, we encourage you to apply!

Available scholarships

CNIB Master's Scholarship – Multiple Scholarships

Awards are given out annually to qualified applicants pursuing a master's degree.

Am I eligible?

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

  • Blind or partially sighted (i.e. best corrected visual acuity of 20/70" and/or you have a visual field of 20 degrees or narrower).
  • A Canadian citizen or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.
  • A university graduate who is pursuing a Master's degree.
  • 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 2024/25 school year will open spring 2024. Please check back then.

Applicants will be asked to complete and submit an application form, along with:

  • Proof of secondary education completion (interim).
  • At least two letters of references (1 academic and 1 community source). All reference letters should be on official letterhead, professional letter format and in an accessible format.
  • Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution, college or university.
  • Transcript (interim).
  • A short essay (two pages max) detailing how a CNIB scholarship will change what it means to be blind for you in your education.
  • List of other sources of funding.


Have questions? We’re here to answer them! Browse our FAQ. For more information about CNIB's scholarship program, please email