Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Application 2019

On July 2, 1928, as Amelia Earhart, world-famed aviator and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger, approached the shores of the United States on her triumphant return home, she was handed this radiogram:  Boston Zonta Club is proud to welcome you as a member.  Signed Alice Bradley, President.  A few weeks later, she was inducted into Zonta International and served as an active member from 1928 to 1937.  Zonta was the only non-aviation organization to which Earhart belonged.

Zonta today espouses Empowering the next generation of women leaders and innovators.   Earhart, epitomizing the ideals of Zonta International actively promoted women to take on non-traditional fields.  She was a career counselor to women university students, and lectured at Zonta Club meetings.

Zonta International has honored Amelia Earhart by establishing a Fellowship in her name pursing Ph.D/doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace engineering around the globe.  The amount of the award is U.S.$10,000.  To find out more about the Fellowship award go to

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 2019. 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.

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