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Revision date: March 2021

The Fellowship

The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honour of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zonta club member. The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded annually to 35 women pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in aerospace engineering and space sciences. The Fellowship of USD10,000 may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees.

Who is Eligible?

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. Students must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program and 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 before April 2020. 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.

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.

How Do I Apply

Applicants may apply for the 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowships here.


The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application must be submitted by 15 November 2020 to be considered.


The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible through generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.

District 29 committee members 2020 - 2022

  • Sigrun Christiansen, ZC Paris, France

  • Alina Agüero Bruna, ZC Madrid, Spain

  • Inés Usandizaga, ZC Cologne, Germany

  • Britt Gustawsson, chairman, ZC London, UK

  • Marijke Jongbloed, ZC Bunnik, The Netherlands


If you have any questions, please contact:

Britt Gustawsson, Chairman of Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee



Further information can be found on the Zonta International website www.zonta.org