Sunday, May 04, 2008

QEST - Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Deadline: 6 June 2008 (RECEIVE)

QEST - Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Awards for craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers

QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Since 1991 the Trust has awarded over £1,100,000 to 174 craftspeople aged between 17 and 50 plus for study, training and work experience.

The Scholarships are awarded to fund further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills. Scholarships may not be used for acquiring equipment, premises or for other business set-up costs.

Each Scholarship is in the range of £2,000 and £15,000. The size of each award depends on how much funding is needed for a project. Scholarship winners also receive an emblazoned certificate.

The type of crafts covered include modern and traditional crafts. Scholarship winners have included: an antiques restorer, calligraphers, book conservators, potters, silversmiths, upholsterers and many more.

There is no age limit. But you need to demonstrate you already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to your craft or trade.

You must live and work permanently in the UK to be eligible for a Scholarship. You do not have to be connected with firms or individuals holding Royal Warrants.

QEST is looking for well thought out proposals which will contribute to the excellence of modern and traditional British crafts.

On the application form you need to explain clearly why the proposed training will improve your skills and what you expect to achieve as a result. You also need to give a careful estimate of the full cost of the training you would like to undertake.

Scholarships are awarded twice a year. Completed forms for Summer 2008 Scholarships must be received not later than 6 June 2008.

Visit the website for full details:

Download an application form: Microsoft Word 97/8 format 310k (Mac or PC)

Or you can send an A4 self addressed envelope with a 50p stamp to:

The Secretary
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
No 1 Buckingham Place
London SW1E 6HR