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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 20202 Feb 2021
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2021

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

2021 AWARDS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MAY 2021 (New applications re-open in December 2021)

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 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
  • Projects should be Covid-safe and within the UK to be eligible for funding

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.

2020 winners

Claire Cregg, working at the Blackburn Birth Centre, who will put the award towards a local training course for midwives in complimentary therapies.

Elizabeth Murphy, a midwife from the St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester and University of Manchester School of Health Sciences, who is using her funding to organise local training on human rights in maternity care.

Evony Lynch, a midwife based at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, is using her award to arrange local training on optimising birth through midwifery skills. Evony also won the Mary Cronk Award.

Jude Field, a midwife from School of Health Sciences, Bangor University, is organising a study day on sexual violence and womens health for midwives and other interested health professionals.

Mo Tabib, who works at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and NHS Grampian, is undertaking research exploring the Influence of Antenatal Relaxation Classes (ARC) on Childbirth Experiences and Maternal Psychological Wellbeing: An Exploratory Mixed-Method Study.