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Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Fellowship description 

Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. In an effort to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. 

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. 

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,638 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.6 million, to 1,209 women representing 73 countries.

Our Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force. 

Eligibility

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record conducting research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences are eligible. It is imperative that students be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program and have completed at least one year of that program or have received a master’s degree in an aerospace-applied field at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2022. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Classified members (club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International) and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or cohabiting partner), are 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. 

Application process 

The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board. All applicants are evaluated on the criteria stated in the requirements section of the application. All details of the evaluations are kept confidential; evaluations are not disclosed to applicants. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April. 

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Deadline

The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application deadline is 15 November 2020. Hard copy and email applications will not be accepted.

Funding 

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

Fellows

2020 Amelia Earhart Fellows | PDF

2020 Amelia Earhart Fellows's Bios | PDF

Katiyayni Balachandran, Canada 
Akanksha Baranwal, India 
Elizabeth Benitez, United States 
Anne Bennett, United States 
Valerie Bernstein, United States 
Sriramya Bhamidipati, India 
Celia Chari, Spain and Canada 
Laura Chaves, Colombia 
Ellen Czaplinski, United States 
Anabel del Val, Spain 
Airin Dutta, India 
Beatrice Fragge, Germany 
Anushka Goyal, India 
Annika Gustafsson, United States and Sweden 
Sarzina Hossain, Bangladesh 
Donna Jennings, United States 
Ashwini Karmarkar, India 
Yaeji Kim, South Korea 
Solène Kojtych, France 
Sarah Li, Canada 
Erica Luzzi, Italy 
Rong Ma, China, PR 
Lisa Meyer, Germany 
Rachel Morgan, United States 
Shaylah Mutschler, United States 
Cody Paige, Canada 
Margherita Piccinin, Italy  
Jennifer Pouplin, France 
Annika Rollock, United States and Canada 
Sneha Sanjeevini, India 
Sarah Stirrat, United Kingdom 
Suria-Devi Subiah, South Africa 
Cecily Sunday, United States 
Joana Voigt, Germany 
Shuming Wu, China, PR 

Questions

If you have any questions, please email  programs@zonta.org

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