Amelia Earhart Fellowship

According to Women in Aerospace, in 2010, roughly 10 percent of the aerospace industry was made up of women. While the number has slowly increased, there must be reinforcements behind each step forward. To assist the future of women in this field and other aerospace-related sciences and engineering, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. Today, the Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually to 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe.

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 and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application.

The application deadline is 15 November.


Since the program’s inception, Zonta International has awarded 1,508 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.3 million, to 1,079 women from 70 countries. Click here to view a map of where our AE Fellows are from.

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

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2016 Amelia Earhart Fellows

Name of Applicant Dual/Country of Citizenship Proposed School Field of Study
Pinar Acar Turkey University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering
Maedeh Amirpourmolla Iran The University of Auckland Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
Zohrehsadat Asaee Iran Dalhousie University Civil/Structural Engineering
Luisa dos Santos Buinhas Portugal Bundeswehr University Aerospace Engineering
Tess Caswell USA Brown University Geological Studies
Sarah Cusson USA University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering
Irene Constantina Dedoussi Greece Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Marilena Di Carlo Italy University of Strathclyde Aerospace Engineering
Ann Dietrich USA University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering
Alexandra Efimovskaya Russia University of California, Irvine Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hélène Evain France Institut Superieur de l'aeronautique et de
Control of Aerospace Systems
Flora Godor Austria Montanuniversitaet Leoben Materials Science
Maria Ramos Gonzalez Mexico University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mechanical Engineering
Friederike Graf Germany University of Stuttgart Aerospace Engineering
Yayu Monica Hew ROC (Taiwan)/Malaysia Stanford University Aerospace Engineering
Heather Jameson United Kingdom University of Cambridge Engineering (Turbomachinery)
Jinah Jeun South Korea University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Deepa Kodali India The University of Alabama in Huntsville Aerospace Engineering
Wing Yin Kwong Hong Kong University of Toronto Aerospace Engineering
Océane Lambert France/Italy University of Grenoble & ONERA Materials Science and Engineering
Angeliki Laskari Greece University of Southampton Aerospace Engineering
Jianing Li PR China University of Cincinnati Aerospace Engineering
Flora Mechentel France Stanford University Aeronautics & Astronautics
Neda Navidi Iran École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) Electrical Engineering
Angelique Van Ombergen Belgium University of Antwerp Aerospace Medical Sciences
Divya Sri Praturi India Texas A&M University Aerospace Engineering
Eugina Mendez Ramos USA Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace Engineering
Devina Sanjaya Indonesia University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering
Margaret Scheiner USA Florida State University Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Jhanani Selvakumar India The University of Texas at Austin Aerospace Engineering
Morgane Steckiewicz France University of Toulouse III and IRAP/CNRS Planetary Sciences
Nithya Subramanian India Arizona State University Aerospace Engineering
Yiyang Sun PR China Florida State University Mechanical Engineering
Heather Wiest USA Purdue University Aerospace Engineering - Propulsion





Interested in applying for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship or know someone who may be eligible? The deadline for the 2017 Fellowship is 15 November.
The application and other materials, such as a poster and sample news releases, are now available for the 2017 Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
Zonta International is pleased to share the bios of the 35 recipients of the 2016 Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowships.