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
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honour of famed pilot and Zontian,
Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing
Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. It may be
used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these
Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships,
totalling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women representing 73 countries.
Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors,
geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.
For full details, eligibility and closing dates for application go to the Zonta International website.