The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

QEST Scholarship Applications


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Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications

Next application round is open 14 July - 24 August 2020

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills, from farriery and cheese maturing to jewellery design, silversmithing and sculpture.  

QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship.

The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442 craftspeople, aged between 17 and 58, across 130 craft disciplines.

In May 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales became the charity’s Patron with Vice-Patrons The Earl of Snowdon and the Marquess of Salisbury. QEST is honoured by their support and looks forward to continuing to champion excellence in British craftsmanship.

What are the scholarships awarded for?

  • To fund the education and training of craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills.
  • Scholarships may not be used for premises or other business set-up costs.
  • Scholarships may occasionally be used for acquiring specialist equipment, provided it is part of the whole request.

What crafts are covered?

  • QEST has supported over 130 different crafts, from the contemporary to traditional. See scholar profiles for the specific skills that have been funded.

How much is awarded for each scholarship?

  • Between £5,000 and £18,000 dependent on need.

What are we looking for?

  • Well thought out proposals which exemplify excellence in British craftmanship.
  • On the application form you need to explain clearly why the proposed training will improve your skills and what you expect to achieve as a result.
  • You also need to give a careful estimate of the full cost of the training you would like to undertake.

To Apply

For further details and to apply please visit

Application Deadline

5pm, Monday 24 August 2020