To fulfill our mission of empowering women worldwide, we must focus on gender equality in education, an essential human right, critical to development for all. For women and girls, education provides the tools and resources to empower them to make decisions about their lives and the future of their families. Educated women can break the cycle of poverty; they can choose when to marry and if and when to have children; they can access quality health care to safeguard themselves and their children; they can educate their own children and ensure greater opportunities for future generations.

While significant progress has been made in achieving gender equality in primary and secondary school enrollment, significant gaps still remain at the university level. These gaps are even more significant in fields traditionally dominated by men. To address these gaps and promote gender equality in education, Zonta International supports three programs for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of aerospace sciences and engineering, business and business management and public affairs. In the 2018-2020 Biennium, Zonta International introduced a pilot program for women pursuing active roles in technology and technological developments.

These programs are made possible through donations made to the Zonta International Foundation.


Amelia Earhart Fellowship

More than US$10.3 million awarded
1,174 Fellows | 73 countries

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship expands opportunities for women pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace engineering and space sciences.

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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

More than US$1.4 million awarded
460 women | 57 countries

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship supports women pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management.

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Women in Technology Scholarship

US$108,000 awarded
30 women | 22 countries

The Women in Technology Scholarship encourages women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology-related fields.

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Young Women in Public Affairs Award

More than US$1 million awarded 
788 women | 58 countries

The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

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Latest News

We are proud to announce the Amelia Earhart Fellows of 2020. These 35 exceptional women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences...
Breanna Ng, a 2019 Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Awardee, talks about what the award has meant to her and encourages other young women to apply.

Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the 2019 Women in Technology Scholars.

Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the 2019 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholars.