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The Dora Opoku Student Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,000
Black or Brown student midwife on a UK NMC pre-registration course
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20202 Feb 2021
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2021

The Dora Opoku Student Award - Funding for Black and Brown students


Dora Opoku

Black and Brown pre-registration midwifery students are invited to apply for an Iolanthe Dora Opoku Student Award for financial support for attendance at study days, for projects to improve local services, or to undertake elective visits. Each application is judged on its individual merits.

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust recognises that Black and Brown students 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 students to encourage a more inclusive cohort of applicants.

Applicants for this award will also automatically be considered for an Iolanthe Student 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 Student Award

  • Awarded for the first time in 2019
  • Worth up to £1,000
  • For Black and Brown pre-registration midwifery students on a UK course
  • Applications for the Dora Opoku Student Award are also automatically considered for an Iolanthe Student Award

Is your project eligible?

Please note that applications for overseas placements are unlikely to be successful due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Elective placements within the UK
  • Courses to gain skills or knowledge.
  • Travel and attendance at study days or conferences in the UK.
  • Small research project or to ideas to improve local maternity services

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


Gloria Owolabi-Agbongbon, studying at Edinburgh Napier University, who travelled to Mexico for her 3rd year elective midwifery placement.


Trisania Bailey, studying at the University of Southampton, who undertook a midwifery elective placement in Ghana.