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 35 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 1,508 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.3 million, to 1,079 women representing 70 countries. Click here to view a map of where our AE Fellows are from.

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. Applicants must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and must not graduate before April 2018. 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 will be notified of their status by the end of April 2017.



Applications for the 2017 Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2016 to be considered. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays will not be considered. For questions, please contact


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

 2016 Amelia Earhart Fellows 

 Name of Applicant Dual/Country of Citizenship Proposed School Field of Study
 Pinar Acar  Turkey  University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering
 Maedeh Amirpourmolla  Iran  The University of Auckland Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
 Zohrehsadat Asaee  Iran  Dalhousie University Civil/Structural Engineering
 Luisa dos Santos Buinhas  Portugal  Bundeswehr University  Aerospace Engineering
 Tess Caswell  USA  Brown University Geological Studies
 Sarah Cusson  USA  University of Michigan  Aerospace Engineering
 Irene Constantina Dedoussi  Greece  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  Aeronautics and Astronautics
 Marilena Di Carlo  Italy  University of Strathclyde  Aerospace Engineering
 Ann Dietrich  USA  University of Colorado Boulder  Aerospace Engineering
 Alexandra Efimovskaya  Russia  University of California, Irvine  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
 Hélène Evain  France  Institut Superieur de l'aeronautique et de
 Control of Aerospace Systems
 Flora Godor  Austria Montanuniversitaet Leoben  Materials Science
 Maria Ramos Gonzalez  Mexico University of Nevada, Las Vegas  Mechanical Engineering
 Friederike Graf  Germany University of Stuttgart  Aerospace Engineering
 Yayu Monica Hew  ROC (Taiwan)/Malaysia  Stanford University  Aerospace Engineering
 Heather Jameson  United Kingdom  University of Cambridge  Engineering (Turbomachinery)
 Jinah Jeun  South Korea  University of Minnesota  Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
 Deepa Kodali  India  The University of Alabama in Huntsville  Aerospace Engineering
 Wing Yin Kwong  Hong Kong  University of Toronto  Aerospace Engineering
 Océane Lambert  France/Italy  University of Grenoble & ONERA  Materials Science and Engineering
 Angeliki Laskari  Greece  University of Southampton  Aerospace Engineering
 Jianing Li  PR China  University of Cincinnati  Aerospace Engineering
 Flora Mechentel  France  Stanford University  Aeronautics & Astronautics
 Neda Navidi  Iran École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)  Electrical Engineering
 Angelique Van Ombergen  Belgium  University of Antwerp  Aerospace Medical Sciences
 Divya Sri Praturi  India  Texas A&M University  Aerospace Engineering
 Eugina Mendez Ramos  USA  Georgia Institute of Technology  Aerospace Engineering
 Devina Sanjaya  Indonesia  University of Michigan  Aerospace Engineering
 Margaret Scheiner  USA  Florida State University  Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
 Jhanani Selvakumar  India  The University of Texas at Austin  Aerospace Engineering
 Morgane Steckiewicz  France  University of Toulouse III and IRAP/CNRS  Planetary Sciences
 Nithya Subramanian  India  Arizona State University  Aerospace Engineering
 Yiyang Sun  PR China  Florida State University  Mechanical Engineering
 Heather Wiest  USA  Purdue University  Aerospace Engineering - Propulsion





Interested in applying for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship or know someone who may be eligible? The deadline for the 2017 Fellowship is 15 November.
The application and other materials, such as a poster and sample news releases, are now available for the 2017 Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
Zonta International is pleased to share the bios of the 35 recipients of the 2016 Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowships.

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