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The Dora Opoku Student Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,000
BAME student midwife on a UK NMC pre-registration course
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20202 Feb 2021
Next Awards Announced: 
Oct 2020

The Dora Opoku Student Award - Funding for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student midwives


The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust recognises that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) midwives have an enormous range and depth of skills, wisdom and talent which is not being fully supported within UK health care. We are committed to supporting a wide range of midwives and wish to encourage a more inclusive cohort of applicants.

As part of our developing diversity and inclusion policy we recognise that we do not have many ethnically diverse applicants for our awards and wish to take a step towards redressing the balance. We are therefore offer the Iolanthe BAME Student Award, which was first awarded to a BAME midwifery student in 2019. Applicants for this award will also automatically be considered for an Iolanthe Student Award, so as to maximise their chances of being granted an award.

Dora Opoku

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

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic pre-registration midwifery students are invited to apply for an Iolanthe BAME Student Award for financial support for attendance at study days, for projects to improve local services, or to undertake elective visits.

About the Dora Opoku Student Award

  • Awarded for the first time in 2019
  • Worth up to £1,000
  • For BAME 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?

  • Elective placements within the UK
  • Courses to gain skills or knowledge.
  • Travel and attendance at study days or conferences in the UK or abroad.
  • Small research project or to ideas to improve local maternity services.
  • Elective placements overseas, if particular conditions apply (see guidance)

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


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