Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Application 


The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application deadline has passed. The 2022 application will be posted in July 2021.

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 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 the Zonta Foundation for Women, 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.

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