Due to the escalation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks and international travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the From Linear to Circular London programme, which was going to run this year from the 4th May - 14th June. Unfortunately, this will also extend to the face-to-face workshop in London, due to take place from the 15th - 18th June.

We are actively exploring new dates and digital opportunities to continue the valuable work of this programme, and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

We have received close to 600 applications, and because it takes time to explore alternatives, unfortunately we will not be able to inform you of our selection until the end of April.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and solidarity on this matter.



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.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the most common FAQs. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us at ceprogramme@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.

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 and travel.

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 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, 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.

Why do you focus on early career professionals and postgraduate students?

We have designed this programme to bring value to a specific part of our audience, those at the start of their careers or at university. The reason we designed this for people early on in their career, is because we also focus on building soft skills such as working in teams and working on your personal learning journey.

You might find that there will be a discrepancy between how far along you are in those fields compared to your fellow participants. It should not stop you from applying, but it is something to be aware of. We want the group of participants to be diverse enough to foster creativity and collaboration but there has to be enough similarities for people to find common ground. Our final decision will also be based on that element


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