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CNIB Ross C. Purse Doctoral Fellowship

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind has established a doctoral fellowship in the amount of up to $12,000 in the name of Ross Purse. In order to apply, students must be attending Canadian universities or colleges or studying at a foreign university with a demonstrated commitment to work in the field of blindness and visual impairment in Canada. Areas of academic study which relate most specifically to the award include psychology, sociology, social work, education, philosophy, biomedical, gerontology, economics and other social sciences. The award is given to students conducting thesis work related to an understanding of blindness and visual impairment. Preference is given to those proposals that demonstrate study that may have a benefit to policy on a national scope.

One fellowship is awarded annually, based upon acceptance of a qualified applicant. While the value of the fellowship is $12,000, payment of the final instalment is conditional upon receipt of an interim report from the candidate and the thesis supervisor or department head. Candidates must be Canadian citizens. Applicants must demonstrate high academic standing. When the program is completed, one copy of the thesis will be sent to the Administrative Secretary of CNIB to be kept on file in the CNIB Sherman Swift Reference Library.

For further information and application forms: The Secretariat, Ross C. Purse Doctoral Fellowship, Canadian National Institute For the Blind, 320 McLeod St., Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1A3, Tel: (613) 563-4021, Fax: (613) 232-9070, Web site:

Applications must be submitted by April 1st each year.