The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is a charity that funds the education of talented makers and craftspeople. Over the last 30 years the charity has awarded £5million to 600 craftspeople working in 130 different crafts from stonemasonry to portrait painting, basketry to jewellery design, conservation, pargeting and many more. We are keen to encourage more applications from talented craftspeople working in the heritage sector.
We have two application rounds a year (January and July), and individuals can apply for up to £18,000 to further their training through traditional college courses, vocational training or one-to-one training with a master craftsperson. We also offer up to £12,000 through our apprenticeship programme – more details on both can be seen at www.qest.org.uk/apply The next application round will be open 12 July – 16 August 2021.