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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 20221 Feb 2023
Next Awards Announced: 
May 2023

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

Award applications are now closed for 2022

Dora Opoku

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust recognises that Black and Brown midwifery students have an enormous range and depth of skills, wisdom and talent and that they go to make a huge contribution to maternity services in the UK. 

Black and Brown students are therefore invited to apply for the Iolanthe Dora Opoku Midwives Award for funding for attending study days, taking up elective placements or for projects to improve local services.

We want to see applications from a diverse ethnic range of students; we are committed to supporting you and wish to encourage you to apply for this award.

If you apply for this award you will also automatically be considered for an Iolanthe Student Award, to maximise your chance 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?

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

See What do we fund? for more information. Please note that overseas placements will not be funded in 2022 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Watch Trisania Bailey, our 2019 Dora Opoku Award winner, speak at the Awards Ceremony (please note that overseas elective placements will not be funded this year).

Previous winners


Jacana Bresson, a student at King's College London, who will fund Romanian language antenatal education in partnership with her placement hospital, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust.


Rio Cole, a student at the University of Hertfordshire, to attend a Breastfeeding London course.


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.