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The Dora Opoku Midwives Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,500
Black or Brown NMC registered midwife
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20211 Feb 2022
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2022

The Dora Opoku Midwives Award - Funding for Black and Brown midwives

New applications open in December 2021

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust recognises that Black and Brown midwives have an enormous range and depth of skills, wisdom and talent and that they make a huge contribution to maternity services in the UK. 

Black and Brown midwives are therefore invited to apply for the Iolanthe Dora Opoku Midwives Award for funding for a midwifery-based project or plan which will lead to improvements in care through practice, education and training, and research.

We want to see applications from a diverse ethnic range of midwives; we are committed to supporting you and wish to encourage you to apply for this award.

If you apply for this award you will also automatically be considered for an Iolanthe Midwives Award, to maximise your chance of being granted an award. 

The award is named after an inspirational midwife who was appointed an OBE for her services to midwifery education.  Find out more about Dora Opoku

About the Dora Opoku Midwives Award

  • Awarded for the first time in 2019
  • Available for Black and Brown midwives registered with the UK NMC
  • Maximum award available £1,500
  • Applications for the Dora Opoku Midwives Award are also automatically considered for an Iolanthe Midwives Award

Is your project eligible?

You are invited to apply for this award for a midwifery based project. This could include:

  • Training courses to develop specialist skills
  • Travel to conferences in the UK, either as an attendee or to share research findings
  • Developing services to pregnant women/birthing persons in a local hospital or in the community
  • Assistance with academic fees for Masters or PhD studies
  • Organising study days for local midwives
  • Undertaking research which will benefit midwives or women/birthing persons, babies and/or families

See What do we fund? for more information. Projects should be Covid-safe to be eligible for funding.

Applications are made online. Please read the Application Guidance (link above or see our general video guidance) and our Privacy Policy carefully before applying.

Watch our 2019 Award winner, Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe talk about why she applied for the award:

Previous Winners


Kulwant Kaur (Kelly) Shari , a midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will use her award to study for a Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making (DADM) CPD qualification at the University of Southampton, working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment and Prescribing.


Radica Hardyal, studying at the University of Hertfordshire, who is undertaking research into Midwives’ Role in Severe Maternal Morbidity: the views of women, birth partners and midwives.


Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe, studying at the University of Hertfordshire, who is undertaking a qualitative study of the perceptions of migrant Nigerian mothers and midwives of cultural competency in antenatal care.