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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!

Scholarships available:

CNIB Master's Scholarship – Multiple Scholarships

  • Awards are given out annually to qualified applicants pursuing 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.
  • 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 2022/23 school year will open spring 2022. Please check back then.


For more information about CNIB's scholarship program, please email