Can I apply for funding for courses/projects outside of the UK?
Yes, although you would need to assure us that your long term plan is to bring these skills back to the UK.
Do I need to have been born in the UK?
No. However, you must live and work permanently in the UK to be eligible for a scholarship.
Can I apply for funding for purchasing equipment and/or business start-ups?
QEST does not give funding for equipment or business start-ups.
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 will consider you.
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.
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, you need your Master/Employer to vouch for your dedication and/or skill.
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.
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.
How much can I apply for?
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 is £7,000.
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.