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The call for applications for From Linear to Circular Atlanta is now open!

What will you learn and experience?

The From Linear to Circular programme will increase your knowledge of the circular economy. Through expert-run sessions and collaborative team-projects, you will learn from peers and connect to a growing community of next-generation circular economy pioneers. You will also expand your professional network and engage with active circular economy practitioners, such as members of our CE100 business network.

Completion of this programme will lead you to become an Ellen MacArthur Foundation circular economy pioneer, and you will join our global community of circular economy practitioners.

The programme will consist of the following three phases:

Online collaboration phase

In the initial six-week online collaboration phase, you will connect and form small teams with fellow participants. From there you will begin working on a collaborative project and receive mentoring support (three hours of work per week).

Immersive workshop phase

The immersive workshop is all about empowering future circular economy pioneers. Experts will facilitate in-depth sessions and dedicated space is provided for collaborative projects which stimulate peer-to-peer learning. The programme provides a wealth of learning and networking opportunities and we will introduce you to our international network, including business, academia, government, and media.

Circular economy pioneer phase

After the workshop, you will join our community as an Ellen MacArthur Foundation circular economy pioneer. During this phase, you will be expected to take part in accelerating the transition to a circular economy by utilising your knowledge, skills, professional network, and your own circular solutions.

The programme has been made possible by the continued generous funding from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation.

How do you apply?

Before you apply, please read the important information below to make sure you are eligible.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the most common FAQs. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us at But before you do, please make sure you have read the application form and all the documents under ‘Important Information’ on this webpage.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit, but we are looking for postgraduate students and people early on in their careers. During the selection process, we are keen to make sure that the final group is diverse enough to foster creativity and collaboration - with the overlap to find common ground.

Is the programme free?

The programme is free but you will need to cover the costs for accommodation in Atlanta, USA, evening meals, and travel to and from Atlanta and within Atlanta.

I have limited funds, do you offer a bursary?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is able to offer a small number of bursaries for eligible postgraduate students. The applications will be judged on a case-by-case basis. The bursary is solely intended to cover part of your travel and/or accommodation. Please send an email to to enquire, once you have submitted your application, not before. Please be advised that bursaries are at the discretion of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and not guaranteed.

Will there be more From Linear to Circular programmes?

Yes. The next From Linear to Circular Programme will start at the beginning of May 2020 with a face-to-face workshop in London from 15th-18th June 2020. The call for applications will open on the 11th February. For future workshops, please keep an eye on our website, register your interest and sign up for our newsletter.

I have just graduated and am looking for a job, may I still apply?

Yes, if you have recently graduated, please go ahead and apply if you are looking for a career with a circular economy focus.

How much time can I expect to spend on the programme during the online phase?

Most people spend approximately three hours per week during the online collaborative phase.

Do I have to attend the face-to-face workshop?

Yes. However, if you have a strong reason that requires you to miss part of the programme, we can of course discuss this.

Can you tell me a little more about the video application process?

The initial application task takes the form of a 90-second video. The task involves answering two questions. Please have a look at the Application Process for more information and do not forget to read all documents headed ‘Important Information’.

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