The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented craftspeople.
The Trust want to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry. For each successful scholar QEST will also fund a place on a Professional Development Programme, run in partnership with Cockpit Arts.
Sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons (4.00 to 5.30pm) between December 2021 and March 2022, and scholars are expected to make every effort to attend.
Applications are now open until 5pm, 16 August 2021.
Who can apply?
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) 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.
They welcome applications from all talented craftspeople, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or nationality; and particularly encourage those with protected characteristics that are under-represented in the craft sector to apply.
What do they fund?
QEST funds traditional college courses, vocational training or one to one training with a master craftsperson.
The Trust 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 Directory.
In addition to training costs, QEST can cover costs directly related to your training such as transport, equipment, materials and accommodation as long as it is proportionate to the grant request.
QEST cannot fund:
Please note that the Trusts 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.
QEST’s application process is competitive and cannot fund every application they receive. With this in mind, here are some tips to help. When writing your application, be clear and concise.
The application form is split into 8 sections: About You; Qualifications; Career History; The Scholarship; The Future; Images and References; Equal Opportunities; Declaration.
The headings below will give you advice on how to answer key sections of the application form.
Scholarship applications MUST include two references or letters of support, ideally from a tutor or client you have worked with (if applicable) as they can speak about your existing skills and back up your training plans.
Please note that if your application is successful QEST may use these images to promote your scholarship on our website and social media platforms.
All applications are reviewed by a group of experienced Skills Assessors who work in specific craft sectors. The assessment is a three-stage process, culminating with a short-list for interview.
When they assess your application form, the Trust will consider:
QEST will be in touch approximately two months after applications close to let you know the outcome of your submission. If positive, you will be invited to an interview at the QEST office in London.
You will be notified as to whether your application has been successful within two weeks of your interview.
Successful applicants will be invited to the QEST & Royal Warrant Holders’ Association (RWHA) Annual Luncheon in early June to showcase their craft, meet fellow QEST Scholars and Apprentices, network with QEST donors and supporters and celebrate becoming a QEST Scholar.
Now part of the QEST family, you will continue to receive occasional news updates and invitations from QEST to participate in events and projects, which may include: scholar socials; opportunities to showcase, demonstrate and exhibit; business skills workshops as well as networking events with QEST supporters and Royal Warrant holding companies.
You will be featured on the QEST website and in their magazine as an alumnus of QEST, and are encouraged to continue to share your news with QEST for possible inclusion in future magazines and on our social media platforms.
For more information, browse their Stories here.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust are open for applications twice a year, in January and July.
If you are still unsure about applying or have any questions, please contact QEST. Members of the QEST team are more than happy to answer queries and support any access needs you may have.
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