Scholarship: Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers Scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented craftspeople. They want to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry.

About the Scholarships
Who can apply?
Their QEST Scholarships fund the education and training of any individual UK resident, aged 17 or older, who would like to improve their craft skills.

What do they fund?
QEST funds traditional college courses, vocational training or one to one training with a master craftsperson.

They want to support excellence in British craftsmanship so are looking for established makers, planning to stay in the UK and contribute to the craft sector.

They encourage applications from a broad range of crafts and are excited by contemporary craftsmanship and innovative applications of traditional craft techniques. To see the types of craft they have funded, and the standard of excellence they are looking for please review their Alumni page.

In addition to training costs, they can cover costs directly related to your training such as transport, equipment, materials, accommodation and living costs as long as it is proportionate to the grant request.QEST cannot fund:
Anything that is not related to craft;
Retrospectively, meaning they will be unable to cover anything you have already paid for;
Business start-up costs.
Please note that their funding is based on your training plan. If your training plans change at any point please let them know as this may impact your funding.

If you are a talented or aspiring craftsperson you can now apply for @QESTcraft funding of up to £18,000. QEST has funded craftspeople across more than 150 craft disciplines ranging from millinery to thatching, arms & armour restoration to ice sculpture and basket-weaving to musical instrument making.
This can cover traditional university or college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one to one training.
For more details and to apply visit  by 10 February 2020.

Photo and text: thank you  to QEST

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