2014 AE Fellow Puja Upadhyay from Nepal

Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University

"I would like to thank you again for your generous support. I come from a very small country and, therefore, I deeply value the encouragement Zonta has provided in the form of financial assistance which will help me further my education. This recognition has motivated me to work harder and  inspired me to help other women in the field."


Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering, achieve their educational goals. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.


Since the program's inception, Zonta has awarded 1,473 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9 million, to women representing 70 countries.


List of Universities/Colleges/ Institutions by Country where Fellows attended | pdf


Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible. Applicants must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and must not graduate before April 2017. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year.  

The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April 2016.

Applications for the 2016 Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2015 to be considered. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays will not be considered. For questions, please contact

Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.



15 November 2015

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Help women get their wings.
Use the materials below to celebrate our most famous Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Honor Amelia by sharing information about our AE Fellowship to women in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering or make your donation today to the Amelia Earhart Fund.

Amelia Earhart Paper Airplane | instructions | letter-sized | A4
(give this to a girl and let her imagination take flight) 
Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund Donation Form | editable pdf
Shareable Social Media Images of Amelia | 1 | 2 | 3