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The Dora Opoku Midwives Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,500
Eligibility: 
Black or Brown NMC registered midwife
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20202 Feb 2021
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2021

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

2021 APPLICATIONS OPEN 1 DECEMBER 2020

Black and Brown midwives are 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, research or management studies. Each application is judged on its individual merits.

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust recognises that Black and Brown midwives have an enormous range and depth of skills, wisdom and talent which is not being fully supported within UK health care. This is reflected in the low diversity in our profile of award applicants. This award is offered specifically to Black and Brown midwives to encourage a more inclusive cohort of applicants

Applicants for this award will also automatically be considered for an Iolanthe Midwives Award, to maximise their chances 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?

This award is made to encourage and enable Black and Brown midwives to make applications for funding to undergo self-development or training, to undertake research or to make improvements to local services.

This could include:

  • Training courses to develop specialist skills
  • Travel to conferences, 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

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.

Previous Winners

2020

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.

2019

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.