From Linear to Circular is one of our flagship learning programmes and is aimed at postgraduate students and professionals at the start of their circular economy career. It is a fantastic opportunity if you want to bring greater purpose to your work or research and want to become a circular economy advocate and catalyst within your organisation.

The ten-week programme includes expert-led sessions and collaborative team projects developed by the Foundation and members of our Network. In addition to increasing your circular economy knowledge, you will engage with leading circular economy practitioners and expand your professional network. We aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to help you play a part in the acceleration to a circular economy. You will also become part of our exclusive community of From Linear to Circular alumni.

You will experience:

  • An in-depth exploration of the concept of the circular economy
  • Expert-run sessions on the practical application of the circular economy
  • Working on team projects co-designed by The Foundation and companies from our Network
  • Mentoring by alumni of the programme
  • Conversations with circular economy experts
  • Creating a strong network of From Linear to Circular alumni

The programme is free and participants will be selected following an application process.

We are running various From Linear to Circular programmes in 2021.

Registration for our Africa programme will open in September 2021.

Frequently asked questions

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

Is the programme free?

Yes, the programme is free.

Will there be more From Linear to Circular programmes?

Yes. For future programmes, please keep an eye on our website, register your interest and sign up for our newsletter — you can sign up on the homepage of our website.

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

We have designed this programme to bring value to a specific audience, those at the start of their circular economy careers or in their last years of university. This is because the course also teaches skills such as teamwork and personal learning, which are more useful to these groups.

You might find that there is a discrepancy between your experience in these fields compared with your fellow participants. This should not stop you from applying, but it is something to be aware of. We want participants to be diverse enough to foster creativity and collaboration but with enough similarities for people to find common ground.

The From Linear to Circular programme is for those that already have a strong understanding of the circular economy. Would you first like to learn a bit more? Have a look at our Learning Hub or sign up for our free Inside the Circular Economy learning programme!

For future From Linear to Circular programmes, please keep an eye on our website, register your interest, and sign up for our newsletter.


I was honoured to take part in the 'From Linear To Circular' programme organised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It incorporated webinars, networking sessions, assignments and a group project, all dedicated to the topic that I have been obsessed with over the past couple of years - the circular economy. - Martina Beleva

Since I have joined the FLTC programme, I have completely changed the way how I think about the world and I have sucked EMF’s passion in accelerating the transition into a Circular Economy - professionally and personally. Furthermore, this program has helped me to build a better understanding of the Circular Economy and make some friends along the way." - Sebastian Robson.

2020 has brought certain challenges, but also inspiring opportunities for learning and growing. It was a great journey of learning and exchanging experiences on #circulareconomy and #sustainability since April with the team of Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the whole #FLTC2020 batch. Thanks for the well-designed and well-curated (pandemic times) program- Ilaha Abasli

I really appreciated having the opportunity to develop my circular economy knowledge over the past 8 months, with a mix of webinars, group exercises and assignments. The highlight was being able to learn alongside such a diverse group of participants, with a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and professions represented. It has been a pleasure to be introduced to such an interesting and motivated network of professionals.- Edward Dickinson

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