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 closed for Summer 2014. The date for the next deadline will be announced in due course. Please check the website in late 2014/early 2015 should you wish to apply for a scholarship. In the meantime, an example application form is on the 'How to apply' page.

In May, several scholars exhibited at the Festival of Living Crafts at Hatfield House to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this popular crafts show. Monty Don could not resist trying on Graham Ashford’s armour.

Monty Don trying on Graham Ashford's armour

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.