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

  • 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.

Who can apply?

  • You must be over the age of 17 to apply and there is no upper age limit.
  • You need to demonstrate you already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to your craft or trade.
  • Only those who live and work permanently in the UK are eligible for a scholarship.