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 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 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.
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.
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.
The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application will be available in July 2020.
Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.
Below is a list of the 2020 Amelia Earhart Fellows. Click here for a 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 Rollcok, 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
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