The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is a charity that funds the education of talented and aspiring crafts people through traditional university or college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with master craftsmen/women.

QEST has funded craftspeople across more than 150 craft disciplines, ranging from millinery to thatching, arms and armour restoration to ice sculpture and basket weaving to musical instrument making.

The charity offers scholarship funding of up to £18,000 and apprenticeship funding of up to £12,000, for a maximum three-year period.

Last updated on 2 July 2021

Who is eligible?

QEST funds the education and training of any individual UK resident, aged 18 or older, who would like to improve their craft skills.

We welcome applications from all talented craftspeople, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or nationality; and particularly encourage those with protected characteristics that are under-represented in the craft sector to apply.

Grants are given directly to the individual

What we can't help with

The majority of the request should be spent on training. 

QEST can't fund:

  • Anything that isn't related to craft
  • Retrospective costs (i.e. anything that has already been paid for)
  • Business start-up costs.

How to apply?

Individuals can apply directly but a supporting letter/statement from a professional is required.

Apply using the online forms on the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust website (these may only be available when the application rounds are live):

Applications are open twice a year:

  • During January with decisions made in early May.
  • During July with decisions made in early November.

Documents required

  • An image of yourself
  • Five images of your work
  • Two letters of support

The charity replies to all applicants regarding the outcome of their application. However, it only has the capacity to give feedback to applicants that attend an interview.

Other information

Successful applicants receive news updates and invitations from QEST to participate in events and projects including: scholar socials; opportunities to showcase, demonstrate and exhibit; business skills workshops as well as networking events with QEST supporters and guests of Royal Warrant holding companies. They will be featured on our website, in our magazine and on our social media platforms.

Contact details

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
1 Buckingham Place
Victoria
London
SW1E 6HR
Email: info@qest.org.uk
Web: http://www.qest.org.uk

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