The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented craftspeople. We want to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry. For each successful scholar QEST will also fund a place on a Professional Development Programme, run in partnership with Cockpit Arts.
Sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons (4.00 to 5.30pm) between December 2021 and March 2022, and scholars are expected to make every effort to attend. Read more here.
Who can apply?
Our scholarships are available to fund 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.
What do we fund?
QEST funds traditional college courses, vocational training or one to one training with a master craftsperson.
We want to support excellence in British craftsmanship so are looking for established makers, planning to stay in the UK and contribute to the craft sector.
We encourage applications from a broad range of crafts and are excited by contemporary craftsmanship and innovative applications of traditional craft techniques. To see the types of craft we have funded, and the standard of excellence we are looking for, please review our Directory.
In addition to training costs, we can cover costs directly related to your training such as transport, equipment, materials and accommodation as long as it is proportionate to the grant request.
QEST cannot fund:
- Anything that is not related to craft
- Retrospectively, meaning we will be unable to cover anything you have already paid for
- Business start-up costs
Please note that our funding is based on your training plan. If your training plans change at any point please let us know as this may impact your funding.
The next application round will open from Monday 10 January to Monday 14 February 2022.
All applications must be submitted online using our online application form. Before you apply, please read our Scholarship Application Guidance below and if you are unsure about applying or have any questions please contact us.
We will be holding two ‘How To Apply’ sessions on zoom to give advice and tips on the scholarship application process:
4-5pm, 12 January 2022
4-5pm, 31 January 2022
Get more information and apply via the QEST website below.