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Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Wild Card Competition

An amazing opportunity for a student from any university in the world to win a place, worth GBP £10,000 on the exclusive Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Programme for both themselves and their faculty mentor.

How do I apply?

The 2015 Wildcard competition is now closed.

We will be announcing the winners soon!

Watch to find out more:

Are you:

  • A postgraduate student studying either design, engineering or business?
  • Interested in the circular economy as an innovation framework for positive change?
  • Keen to be a part of the opportunities available in the transition to a circular economy?

We are looking for an exceptional student to join 15 other students from leading universities including MIT, Yale University, Stanford University, Imperial College London and London Business School, in the 2015 Fellowship Programme.

Below: See photos of the 2014 Fellows in their challenge teams at this year’s Summer School.

What is the prize?

  • All expenses paid week long summer school in London, in the UK.
  • A GB£ 2000 financial bursary.
  • Access to the latest thinking, thought leaders and experts in the circular economy, including Biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus, Performance Economy advocate, Walter Stahel and Cradle-to-Cradle founder Bill McDonough.
  • Networking with leading businesses and emerging innovators including Unilever, Kingfisher, Philips, The Coca Cola Company, IBM, M&S and Ikea, who are all working to adopt the circular economy as a part of their core business.
  • The opportunity for your faculty mentor to take part in this exclusive programme and network with top academics from leading universities around the world, as well as receive a GB£ 2000 ($3200) honorarium.

An opportunity not to be missed...

Hear about why you should apply from last year’s winner, Federico Apestegui of HEC Paris

Student & Mentor agreements

Supplementary information: download supporting documents detailing agreements for successful Student and Mentor

2015 Wild Card supporting documents Send to friend Report link

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