QEST are accepting applications for up to £18,000 to fund the further education of craftspeople and makers

Apply by 14 February 2022

06 Jan 2022


The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills, from farriery and jewellery design, to silversmithing, dry stone walling, glassblowing cheese maturing, sculpture and more.

The next application round is open 10 January - 14 February 2022.

The scholarships are available to fund the education and training of any individual UK resident, aged 18 or older, who would like to improve their craft skills.

QEST funds traditional college courses, vocational training or one-to-one training with a master craftsperson.

Applications are encouraged from a broad range of crafts, and QUEST are excited by contemporary craftsmanship and innovative applications of traditional craft techniques. 

In addition to training costs, the scholarships can cover costs directly related to training such as transport, equipment, materials and accommodation.

For more details on how to apply, click here.


QEST will be holding three ‘How To Apply’ sessions on zoom to give advice and tips on the application process.

Scholarship sessions:


  • Jan 12, 2022 04:00 PM London

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  • Jan 31, 2022 04:00 PM London

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Apprenticeship session:

  • Jan 20, 2022 04:00 PM London

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QEST celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020 and since 1990 has awarded over £5 million to 650 individuals working in over 130 different crafts. QEST defines craft broadly and welcome applications from all areas including rural skills, contemporary craft, conservation, luthiery and much more.

Check out the 91 edition of Icon News here for an article about various Icon members who benefitted from a QEST scholarship (p. 14)