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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: 
3 Dec 20193 Feb 2020
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2019


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. From 2018, these awards have also been made 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
  • Student Awards are also available for Return to Practice midwives

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
  • 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.

2018 winners

Bethan Keepin, studying at Cardiff University, has undertaken an elective placement in Kerala, India.

Claire Axcell, a student midwife from the University of Greenwich, will be training as a Mellow Parenting practitioner to support local vulnerable populations.

Emilee Lowis, from the University of Nottingham, has been on an elective placement in Powys, Wales working in a midwife-led birth centre.

Karen Stirling, a student midwife from the University of the West of Scotland, will be undertaking British Sign Language Training to help support deaf women and their families in her practice.

Kelly Turner, King's College London, has used her award to fund an elective placement in Hue, Vietnam.

Laura Cowell, studying at the London Southbank University, who travelled to take up an elective placement in Madina Salam, The Gambia.

Lisa Snow, University of Greenwich, attended a traumatic birth recovery training course to help support women postnatally.

Pille-Riin Kulla, a student midwife from the University of Southampton, has done an elective placement in The Philippines.

Rebecca Spencer, studying at the University of Central Lancashire, used her funds to travel to a elective placement with Knowledge4Change, Uganda.