Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) makes awards ranging between £1,000 and £18,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

Since 1991 the Trust has awarded £2.4 million to 339 craftspeople aged between 17 and 50 plus for study, training and work experience.

QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Trustees look for well thought out projects, which will contribute to the pool of talent in the UK and reflect the excellence of British Craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Meet the latest scholarship winners > here


Applications are now open for Winter 2014 Apprenticeships

QEST have teamed up with the Heritage Craft Awards (HCA) and Associated Livery Companies, and are offering up to 18,000 worth of funding for five Apprenticeships this year. The Apprenticeships are in five categories: embroidery, stone, paper or textile conservation and culinary arts. The fifth category is open.

Applicants are likely to have had some experience and knowledge of the craft, and are aiming to pursue the craft as a career. They can work with one Master Craftsperson as a trainer and mentor, or with various high level craftspeople to learn different, but linked, skills.

Nominations for the award can come from trainee or trainer.

The closing date is Monday 1st December 2014 and application notes and form can be found at HCA

QEST funding changes lives

A camera rolls as five scholars demonstrate their craft and explain how the QEST funding changed their lives. Meanwhile, the first two QEST Apprentices show their boot-making skills with Royal Warrant holders John Lobb. All of these exceptional craftsmen demonstrate their passion in upholding British traditional crafts for future generations.