For those wishing to apply for QEST Scholarship funding, this application process is now closed for 2017.
If you wish to apply for Apprenticeship Funding, the application process will open in June 2017.
If you wish to apply for Scholarship Funding, the application process will open in early 2018.
Please read *Scholarships and Apprenticeships* FAQs page for further information or contact the QEST office using the number and email at the bottom of this page.
How do I Complete the Scholarship Application Form?
1) What I want to write exceeds the word count. What do I do?
Try to summarise your points as well as you can. If, however, you have written to the word count but are restricted by the number of characters, save any additional points as a pdf file and upload to the Images and Reference section, clearly indicating the section this file belongs to.
2) What is a Funded Activity and how do I complete this section?
A funded activity is the course, project and/or training that you need funding for. For example, If you are applying for a scholarship to cover a course and 1:1 external training, those are 2 funded activities.
Once you have outlined that, you then complete a breakdown of costs working out how much you will need for fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation (to complete each funded activity).
3) What should be included in the reference and who should write it?
The reference should come from anyone you have worked with or been trained by, such as established craftsperson or personal tutor (from a previous or ongoing course). They will vouch for you, commenting on attributes such as your skill, dedication, competence and work ethic.
When can I apply?
The Scholarship and Apprenticeship applications processes occur in two separate cycles:
– The Scholarship applications process usually opens in December and closes between mid-January to early February. The assessment stages begin soon after the applications close and continue until April. Scholarship Applications for 2017 are now open and will close on 19th January 2017
– The Apprenticeship applications process opens in June and closes in August. The assessment stages begin soon after the applications close and continue until October.
Am I eligible?
The aim of the Trust is “to further the advancement of education in the United Kingdom in (traditional) crafts” as long as your proposed area of study falls within the remit of the Trust, our trustees may consider you.
Please read the following FAQs for further information.
Do I need to have been born in the UK?
No. However, you must be living and working permanently in the UK to be eligible for Scholarship or Apprenticeship funding.
This means we cannot accept applications from those living outside of the UK or residing in the UK on temporary work or study visas.
But can I apply for funding for courses/projects outside of the UK?
Yes, you can apply for funding to attend a course outside of the UK, although you would need to assure us that your long term plan is to bring these skills back to the UK to enrich British Craft.
Do I need previous experience before I apply?
As a Scholar, you need to demonstrate you already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to your craft or trade.
As an Apprentice, we would anticipate that your expertise would be at ‘entry-level’ and demonstrate the long term goal of becoming an established craftsperson. You would therefore need your Master/Employer to vouch for your dedication and/or skill.
What can I apply for?
You can apply for funding for the following; further study, training and practical experience in order to improve your craft and trade skills. Scholarships may not be used for acquiring equipment, premises or for other business set-up costs.
Can I apply for funding for purchasing equipment and/or business start-ups?
QEST does not give funding for equipment, or business start-ups.
Can I apply for tuition fees if I have already started the course?
Yes, although you need to state clearly on the application form what part of the course you are requesting funding for and what element has been completed.
Can I apply for personal subsistence/ living expenses?
Yes, but you should note that trustees prefer to fund training/tuition costs. Excessive living costs will not be considered.
How much can I apply for?
We award grants between £1,000 and £18,000. The size of each award depends on how much funding is needed for a project. The maximum grant is £18,000 but very few grants are awarded at this level. The average grant awarded for the Scholarship round is £7,500.
The maximum grant available for Apprenticeships is £18,000 but, unlike Scholarships, this is awarded monthly throughout the course of the Apprenticeship (a 3-year period), meaning £6,000 is available per year. If you wish to learn more about Apprenticeship funding, please contact the QEST office using the number and email at the bottom of this page.
The funding I need exceeds the maximum grant available. Can I apply for other grants at the same time?
QEST has no problem with applicants applying for funding elsewhere. We do however request that you inform us if this is the case (especially if there is any overlap in what you are applying for e.g. tuition fees).
Would it be advisable to apply for a lower amount?
It would be advisable to apply for a lower amount but do be realistic about what funds you require and what you can budget for. If successful, Scholar or Apprentice funding cannot be increased retrospectively.
Can I submit my application via email or letter?
No. All applications must be submitted online through the application form on the QEST website. Any applications received via any other means will not be considered.
If unsuccessful can I apply again?
Yes, you are permitted to apply again should you not be successful the first time.
Who reviews my application?
All applications are reviewed by the QEST trustees and a group of experienced Skills Advisors who work in specific craft sectors. All applications are processed at two stages, and then the shortlist is drawn up for interview. After the interviews, a decision is made promptly.