2016 Schmidt-MacArthur International Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Students (GBP 10,000 Pounds)

Application Deadline: 15 February 2016

The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship is an international fellowship programme for
postgraduate students (aka graduate students, which includes masters and PhD
students) and their university tutors on creative and innovative thinking around the
circular economy. The programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach with input across
design, engineering and business.

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 one or two 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.

The Wild Card competition is an amazing opportunity for a student from any university in the world to win a place, worth £10,000, on the exclusive Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship Programme for both themselves and their faculty mentor.


So if you are..

  • A postgraduate student (‘graduate student’ in the US) studying design, engineering or business
  • Interested in the circular economy as an innovation framework for positive change
  • Keen to be a part of the opportunities available in the transition to a circular economy

Eligibility Requirements

The 2016 Fellowship programme is open to postgraduate* students (aka graduate) who
meet the following requirements:
1. Confirmed and accepted place on a postgraduate (aka graduate) course in design,
engineering and/or business, including proof of all necessary funding, by 15 February 2016. Your university course must not start any later than September 2016 nor finish any
earlier than September 2016.
2. Able to:
• attend an online interview on either Monday 22, Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24
February 2016, if shortlisted
• attend a week-long summer school in London (UK), 20 – 24 June 2016
• take part in the 2016 online knowledge-building programme
• comply with the Student Agreement if the application is successful
3. Evidence of the support of your academic mentor and the availability of that mentor
to attend the week-long summer school in London (UK), 20 – 24 June 2016. (see Mentor
confirmation letter in supporting documents on the Apply webpage)
4. Circular Economy Innovation project You must be able to undertake a Circular Economy Innovation project as part of your course during the Fellowship year (see CEIP info in Fellowship in Detail booklet on the Apply webpage). You must be able to develop and deliver your Circular Economy Innovation Project (CEIP) within the following broad windows
• Submit your CEIP proposal sometime between March – December 2016
• Submit / deliver your CEIP sometime between September 2016 – August 2017
*includes postgraduate, masters and PhD students


  • Fellowship worth UK£10k to develop a Circular Economy Innovation Project as part of a postgraduate study course in design, engineering or business, this consists of:
    • £2k bursary
    • Week-long, fully-paid summer school on the circular economy in the UK
  • Online knowledge-building programme and support facility, including the opportunity to participate in the CE100 six-week Executive Education course
    • Platform for deeper engagement and cross-pollination by sharing emerging circular economy practices with our international network of university and business partners, who are working together on circular economy innovation.
  • Wild Card runner up prizes will include two places at the Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit in London* and five places on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Executive Education course.*Note: does not include travel and accommodation to and from the Summit
Application period: 30 November 2015 – 15 February 2016
Shortlisting: 16 – 17 February 2016
Online interviewing of shortlisted candidates: 22, 23 & 24 February 2016
Selection of 2016 Students: 25 & 26 February 2016
Application Procedure:

Are you a student at one 
of the Partner Universities

List of Partner Universities

Cranfield University, Imperial College London, London Business School, University of California Berkeley, Delft University of Technology, Kedge Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIP Politecnico di Milano, National Institute of Design India, Royal College of Art, Stanford University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Tongji University, Yale University.

Apply as a student of the Partner University

Are you a student from another university?

If you are NOT studying at one of the 14 Partner Universities, you can still apply for a place on the Fellowship through the Wild Card Competition

Apply for the 2016 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship via the Wild Card competition

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