The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship is a 12 month international programme on the circular economy open to postgraduate students in design, engineering and business from a network of fourteen Partner Universities.

Each year the Fellowship also runs a Wild Card competition to identify exceptional students from any other universities in the world, to win a place on the programme.

The programme includes a week long summer school in the UK, an online support programme and a cash bursary, as well as the opportunity to link with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's wider programme of activities and networks.

Programme Details and Application Process

Download the Programme Details and Application Process booklet to find out more about the programme and how to apply.

A year in the Fellowship

During the Fellowship year students work on a bespoke project on the circular economy. Find out more in the Fellowship Stories and Videos section.

In the video below, watch students from the programme as they develop their project ideas and thinking during the Fellowship year.

Partner Universities

2017 Pioneer Universities

2017 Wild Card Universities

Funding partners

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

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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.

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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.