Call for Applications: 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellowship


Zonta International calls for applications for the 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The USD 10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing PhDs in aerospace engineering and space sciences, and 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 1,704 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totalling more than USD 11.3 million, to 1,275 women from 76 countries. AE Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, and even the Secretary of the US Air Force.


Women of any nationality pursuing a PhD 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 PhD programme 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 PhD or doctoral program before April 2024.

Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International and employees of Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or co-habiting 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.

Application process

The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board. All applicants are evaluated on the criteria stated in the requirements section of the application. All details of the evaluations are kept confidential; evaluations are not disclosed to applicants. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April 2023.


The 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application is now available. All applications must be completed in English and submitted using the online application form here. Applicants may use the Amelia Earhart Fellowship document in PDF for preparation purposes only. Application closes on 15 November 2022.


Amelia Earhart Fellowships are made possible by contributions to the Zonta Foundation for Women Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund.

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