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 traditional and contemporary skills, from farriery and thatching to jewellery design, glassblowing and millinery.
Their next application round is open 12 July - 16 August 2021 and they are looking for more talented applicants.
Since it was founded in 1990, QEST has awarded over £5million to 625 individuals working in over 130 different crafts. They define craft broadly and welcome applications from all areas including rural skills, contemporary craft, conservation, luthiery and much more. A directory of all their alumni can be seen on their website, along with more details on how to apply - www.qest.org.uk. They have two application rounds each year - in January and July.
Interested makers can attend a Zoom ‘How To’ session to find out more about the application process and for helpful tips on filling out the application forms. These sessions will take place as follows:
How To Apply For A QEST Apprenticeship
Tuesday 20 July, 4-5pm. Register here.