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Student Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,000
Student midwife on a UK NMC pre-registration course or a midwife returning to practice on an NMC RtP course
Next Application Round: 
19 Nov 201831 Jan 2019
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2018

The Iolanthe Student Awards are offered to pre-registration midwifery students seeking financial support for attendance at study days, to undertake elective visits or for projects to improve local services. We are delighted to announce that in 2018 for the first time, these awards will also be available for midwives who are returning to practice to help cover the costs involved.

We are fortunate that we have been able to support students receiving this award since 1994; but the first awards specifically for student midwives were introduced in 2002. The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust has supported more than 100 students from across the UK.

About the Iolanthe Student Awards

  • Awarded annually
  • Worth up to £1000
  • For pre-registration midwifery students
  • For the first time in 2018, the Student Awards were also available for Return to Practice midwives

Is your project eligible?

  • Elective placements either overseas or 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.
  • Return to Practice midwives can also apply for a Student Award. To be eligible, they need to have been accepted on an NMC approved RtP course and who have the support of an NHS Trust or Board for practice hours.

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

2017 winners

Claire Welford, studying at the University of Bradford, volunteered in a Refugee Women's Centre in Dunkirk

Eleanor Cramer, a student midwife from Anglia Ruskin University trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with a view to teaching Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting as a specialist mental health midwife

Kate Mackay, from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) attended the Midwifery Today conference in Finland, to enhance her knowledge of normal birth and enable her to care for women in a midwife-led unit in a remote area of Scotland.

Linda Owusu, a student midwife from London South Bank University travelled to Ghana for her elective placement, focussing on the support for vulnerable women.

Elena Uderzo, City University of London will use her award to fund places for ten student midwives and ten midwives to attend the Fertility Festival 2018, bringing an awareness about fertility and infertility through theatre, art, literature and poetry

Lydia Hook, studying at University of Southampton, visited a birthing centre in New Zealand, to see how they facilitate such high rates of normal birth and the role of continuity of care.

Sarah Scarlett, University of the West of Scotland, attended a British Sign Language course to improve communication with deaf women receiving maternity care.

Ruby Scott, a student midwife from Edinburgh Napier University, undertook an elective placement at an independent midwifery practice in California.

Savannah Dallas, studying at the University of Salford, traveled to a Women's Centre in Florida, looking after vulnerable women and those without health insurance.

Victoria Young, a student midwife from London South Bank University, volunteered supporting pregnant women, mothers and babies in Greece.

Sophie Hall, a student midwife from University of York, spent two weeks in Mexico, on an elective placement with a midwife specialising in birth outside the acute hospital setting.