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Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Fellowship description

Globally, women make up less than 30 percent of the workforce in physics, computer sciences and engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report. 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 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. 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 1,543 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.7 million, to 1,114 women representing 72 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 in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering 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-related field at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program 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.

Application process

Applications must be received or postmarked by 15 November 2017. The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April 2018.


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

2018 Amelia Earhart Fellows

Name of Applicant Dual/Country of Citizenship Proposed School Field of Study
Federica Angeletti Italy La Sapienza, University of Rome Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mary Bastawrous Egypt University of Colorado at Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences/Structures
Helena Bates United Kingdom Natural History Museum/University of Oxford Planetary Sciences
Ines Belgacem France and Tunisia Université Paris Sud/GEOPS Planetary Sciences
Garima Bhatia
India University of Alabama in Huntsville Industrial and Systems Engineering
Nisha Chandramoorthy India Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Mechanical Engineering/Computational Science
Demet Cilden-Guler Turkey
Istanbul Technical University Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Laura Cordes Germany
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Thermal Turbomachinery
Ashwati Das Australia
Purdue University Aerospace Engineering/Astrodynamics
Berivan Esen Turkey and United Kingdom
University of Leicester Planetary Sciences and Geography
Alison Mary Ferris USA and United Kingdom Stanford University Mechanical Engineering
Carolina Furtado Pereira da Silva Portugal
Universidade do Porto Mechanical Engineering
Selenia Ghio Italy
Universitá di Pisa Information Engineering
Emily Rae Gleeson Canada
Ryerson University Aerospace Engineering
Michela Gramola
Italy Imperial College London Aeronautics
Carla Grobler
South Africa and Netherlands Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Srishti Kashyap
India University of Massachusetts Amherst Geomicrobiology and Planetary Sciences
Deliya Kim
Kazakhstan Lehigh University Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Akshata Krishnamurthy
India Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Lucia Mascotelli
Italy Universitá di Bologna DIN-Industrial Engineering/Aerospace Engineering
Clara Maurel
France Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Planetary Sciences
Sarah Elizabeth Morris
Australia and Canada Cornell University Mechanical Engineering
Sindhu Paramasivam India Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Aerospace/Computational Fluid Dynamics
Paige Katherine Rabey
United Kingdom Imperial College London Aeronautics
Zeinab Shadram
Iran University of California, Irvine Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Yi Hui Tee
Malaysia University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Jacqueline Leah Thomas
USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aerospace Engineering
Kirsten Elizabeth Tuggle
USA The University of Texas at Austin Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Doga Yucalan
Turkey Cornell University Aerospace Engineering
Meihua Zhang
China, PR University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering





We are proud to announce the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellows. These 30 exceptional women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are from 18 countries.
The 2018 AE Fellowship application is due to Zonta International Headquarters on 15 November.
The application and other materials, such as a poster and sample news releases, are now available for the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

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