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.
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.
The fellowship is jointly funded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the US-based Schmidt Family Foundation.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation the Foundation has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.
The Schmidt Family Foundation, established in 2006 by Wendy and Eric Schmidt, brings philanthropic resources to some of this century’s greatest challenges across the globe. Their mission is to apply new knowledge and innovation to problem solving and to advance original research in science, energy and the sustainability of the world’s biosphere.