The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters

QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship.

The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £4 million to 469 craftspeople, aged between 17 and 58, across 130 craft disciplines.

In May 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales became the charity’s Patron with Vice-Patrons The Earl of Snowdon and the Marquess of Salisbury. QEST is honoured by their support and looks forward to continuing to champion excellence in British craftsmanship.

To become a QEST scholar or apprentice

To be accepted as a scholar or apprentice of QEST is much more than receiving financial support for your training.

It means being welcomed into a unique family of craft, where the alumni are as interested in the work that you have achieved as indeed the holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment.

If your application captures the attention of the QEST Trustees and Skills Advisors, you will be invited to attend an interview, where you will be given the opportunity to show samples of your work, highlight what you would like to achieve should you be given the opportunity of funding and display a passion for your chosen craft. Scholars will have already been practising their craft and demonstrate a level of excellence. Apprentices must apply for funding in partnership with their employer or master.



  • QEST Book

    October 12, 2018

    A Celebration of British Craftsmanship


    Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
    Photographed by Julian Calder
    Written by Karen Bennett


    A Celebration of British Craftsmanship provides a glimpse into the vibrant,

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  • Sleepeeze Donation

    September 27, 2018

    Sleepeezee presents big cheque

    At the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in September, Sleepeezee handed over a cheque for £36,000 to QEST Chairman, Nick Crean and Executive Director,

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  • Summer 2018 Magazine

    July 31, 2018

    QEST Magazine
    Issue 38 | Summer 2018


    • An introduction to our latest intake of Scholars and Apprentices
    • Private view: interviews with QEST Award for Excellence 2018 winner,

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  • Summer 2018 Craft Funding

    July 17, 2018

    Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship
    OPEN: 17 JULY 2018 – 24 AUG 2018

    Our Summer Funding cycle has now opened!

    We are currently receiving applications for funding in training and education of a Craft skill –

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  • Traditional Building Skills Programme

    June 27, 2018

    QEST and the Prince’s Foundation 
    Traditional Building Skills Programme




    QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) and the Prince’s Foundation are collaborating to deliver an innovative training programme in traditional building skills,

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  • Celebrating Craft at the V&A

    March 19, 2018

     Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship


    On 6th March The Earl of Snowdon, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), hosted our annual dinner at the V&A,

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See ‘Supporting QEST’ for more information on how to support us.

We remain truly grateful to our loyal supporters and to the Royal Warrant holders who had the vision to establish QEST and have supported over 400 inspirational artisans achieve their full potential.