The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship, made possible thanks to the generous support of Wendy Schmidt, our Pioneer Universities, and funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation, was an extremely successful, 12 month international programme focused on the circular economy.

Open to postgraduate students in design, engineering, and business, from a network of 14 Partner Universities, the programme also welcomed a wider audience via the ‘wild card’ entry. Including a week long summer school in the UK, online learning, and a bursary, the participants were also offered the opportunity to link with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's wider programme of activities and networks. The Summer School provided an intensive week of innovation workshops and symposia in London, UK, with input from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, guest experts, businesses and thought leaders who work in the circular economy space.

View some of the success stories here.

We are currently developing an exciting new initiative to take circular economy learning to a wider audience, using our knowledge base and expertise to provide a more global reach. Find out more here.

Funding partners

The fellowship is jointly funded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the US-based Schmidt Family Foundation.