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Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, USA 2023

Application is now open for the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Zonta International and Fellowship

The history of Zonta International is a tapestry made from a rich fabric of empowerment and upward movement. Zonta International now has almost 1,200 Zonta clubs with over 28,000 members spread throughout 61 nations. They honored their 100th birthday in 2019 as well as the turning points that shaped the company they are today.

Women make up around 25% of the workforce in the aerospace sector globally. Zonta International provides the Amelia Earhart Fellowship to uphold its purpose of ensuring that women have equitable access to all resources and representation in positions of decision-making. 


In 1938, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship was created in recognition of the famous aviator and Zontian. Up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D. or postdoctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences are given the US$10,000 Fellowship each year. Any institution or university that offers recognized post-graduate courses and degrees in these subjects may utilize it. 

Zonta has given 1,734 Amelia Earhart Fellowships worth more than $11.6 million to 1,305 women from 77 different countries since the program’s start in 1938. The Fellows have gone on to become astronomers, astronauts, aerospace engineers, academics, geologists, company owners, leaders of corporations, and even the Secretary of the US Air Force. 

Details about Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship:

Scholarship Sponsor: Zonta International, USA

Scholarship Value: $10,000

Number of awards: Several

Study level: Ph.D./Fellowship

Host Institution(s): Zonta International, USA

Eligibility Criteria for Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Women of any country seeking a Ph.D. or doctorate and possessing an exceptional academic record performing research in the fields of aeronautical engineering or space sciences are qualified.

Students must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. or doctorate program and have finished at least one year of that program at the time the application is submitted, or they must have earned a master’s degree in an area related to aerospace.

Candidates must not complete their doctorate or Ph.D. program before April 2025. Please take notice that the Fellowship does not apply to post-doctoral research programs. The Fellowship is not open to club members, people who have direct membership in Zonta International, employees of Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women, or their relatives (spouses, partners in a common-law relationship, siblings, nieces, or cousins).

It should be noted that former Amelia Earhart Fellows are not qualified to reapply for the Fellowship for a second year. 

Application Procedure for Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Sign in or register for the fellowship here. Applications are examined by the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee, which then recommends awardees to the organization’s board. The criteria listed in the application’s requirements section are used to evaluate each candidate. Evaluations are kept completely private; candidates are not given access to them. By the end of April, all candidates will know the results of their applications. In case you have any queries, please email programs@zonta.org

You can also visit the official website for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: November 15, 2023

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