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Midwives Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,500
NMC registered midwife
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20231 Feb 2024
Next Awards Announced: 
May 2023

Apply for an Iolanthe Midwives Award to help you fund professional education or a project that helps to improve midwifery practice!

2023 Award applications are now closed

About the Iolanthe Midwives Awards

Each year, the Iolanthe Midwifery Trusts grants a number of financial awards to midwives. Funding is available for midwifery-based projects and plans and will lead to improvements in care through practice, education, research or management studies. Each application is judged on its individual merits.

  • Awarded annually
  • Available for midwives registered with the UK NMC
  • Maximum award available £1,500
  • Black and Brown midwives can apply for a Dora Opoku Midwives Award at the same time

Is your project eligible?

These awards are made to enable midwives 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

See What do we fund? for more information

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

2022 winners

Kelda Folliardof Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia, who will put her funding towards completing her fourth year of her Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care.

Mary Lynch, of Southmead Hospital, Bristol, who will use her award to take the "Essential Knowledge for Obstetric Medicine Short Course", Kings College Hospital, London.

Kate Mackay, of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, who will use her funding to create trauma informed and culturally safe antenatal education for birthing people in the immigration system.

Emma Booth, who will use her award to offer 20 part-funded places for Bronglais Hospital's midwives on Sara Wickham’s virtual course exploring evidence surrounding induction of labour and woman-centred planning.

Zahra Khan, of King's College, London, who will put her award towards her Life Course Science PhD in Health Inequalities.

Nora Seager-Wilkendorfwho works at Royal United Hospital's Birthing Centre in Bath, and will put her funding towards completing RCM-accredited Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner Training.

Amina Hatia,of London North West NHS and Tommy's Baby Charity, who will be completing a Diploma In Clinical and Pastoral Counselling.

Jenny Cunningham, who is taking her doctorate at Kingston University London, and will present a poster on understanding weight stigma and its impact on women's experiences of maternity care, at the International Weight Stigma Conference 2022.

Jenise Jarvis, who will use her award to put on a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women's Pregnancy Support Network Study Day for her colleagues at Bart's NHS Trust.

Nichola Bainbridge, who will use her funding to put on two "LGBT+ Competency in Birth and Beyond" online workshops for 25 of her colleagues at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.