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What are the Scholarships/Apprenticeships
awarded for?

What are SCHOLARSHIPS awarded for?

  • To fund further study, training and practical experience for 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 are APPRENTICESHIPS awarded for?

  • To fund traditional apprenticeships, learning from master craftsman or training in small craft businesses.
  • To support employers (master craftsmen or small craft businesses) to take on one or more apprentices.
  • To part fund salaries; training costs and/or materials.

What crafts are covered?

  • QEST has supported 130 different crafts: modern and traditional. See scholar profiles for the specific skills that have been funded.
  • We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those with skills in wood, metal and in the rural crafts.

How much is awarded in each

  • Between £1,000 and £18,000.
  • The amount allocated to each award depends on how much funding is needed for a project.

What are we looking for?

  • Well thought out proposals which will contribute to the excellence of modern and traditional British crafts.
  • 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.
  • It is not necessary to be connected with companies or individuals holding Royal Warrants of Appointment.


  • Although there is no upper age limit, we are primarily looking to fund those aged between 16-26 for apprenticeships.
  • You need to demonstrate passion for your craft and the dedication and commitment to make this your career.