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 £2.3 million to 319 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 the Summer 2014 round of funding! The deadline for applications for Summer 2014 is on 7th May at 4pm. Please go to the 'How to apply' page for further information.

Many QEST scholars now run regular courses to share their specialist skills either for professional craftsmen or for those that enjoy practising a craft as an antidote to frantic lives to read more about these, and other news items click here

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.