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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.

2017 Amelia Earhart Fellows

Name of Applicant Dual/Country of Citizenship Proposed School Field of Study
Kinga Albert Romania & Hungary Technical University of Braunschweig Electrical Engineering
Amrita Basak India Georgia Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering
Alejandra Castellanos Mexico University of Texas at El Paso Mechanical Engineering
Anne Collin France Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics
Maria del Mar Cols Margenet
Spain University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering
Francesca De Domenico Italy University of Cambridge Aerospace Engineering
Guangfei Duan PR China University of California, Irvine Aerospace Engineering
JoAnna Fulton USA University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Dafne Gaviria Arcila Mexico & Colombia University of Nottingham Mechanical Engineering
Audrey Gaymann France Imperial College London Aerospace Engineering
Garazi Gomez de Segura Spain University of Cambridge Engineering/Fluid Dynamics
Arshiya Hoseyni Chime
Iran University of Washington, Seattle Mechanical Engineering
Revathi Jambunathan India University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Aerospace Engineering
Diana Juarez Madera USA Stanford University Aeronautics and Astronautics
A Ram Kim South Korea University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering
Hyunryung Kim
South Korea University of Washington Aerospace Engineering
Christine Klei-Wichmann
Germany Aachen University, Institute of Aerospace Systems: Rhein-Westf. Technology Hochschule
Mechanical Engineering
Jooyoung Lee
South Korea Purdue University Aeronautics/Astronautics
Marie McBride USA Purdue University Planetary Sciences
Catherine Miller USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics and Astronomy
Mallory Neet USA California Institute of Technology Aerospace Engineering
Rita Neves
Portugal Cranfield University Aerospace Engineering
Tam Nguyen USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sravya Nimmagadda
India Stanford University Aeronautics and Astronautics
Erika Palmerio
Italy University of Helsinki Space Physics
Tanja Pelzmann Austria Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Mechanical Engineering
Sara Port
USA University of Arkansas Space and Planetary Sciences
Narindra Ranaivomiarana Madagascar Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
Maryam Sadeghi Reineh
Iran University of California, Irvine Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tina Stäbler Germany German Aerospace Center (DLR) Aerospace Engineering
Sharanya Subramaniam India University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Mechanical Engineering
Anna Thomas USA Stanford University Aeronautics and Astronautics
Anastasiia Volkova
Ukraine University of Sydney Aerospace Engineering
Aslihan Vuruskan
Turkey Missouri University of Science and Technology Aerospace Engineering
Alexandra Wander
Germany Bundeswehr University Munchen Space Technology




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.
Zonta International is pleased to share the bios of the 35 recipients of the 2017 Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowships.

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