The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded annually to women pursuing a PhD/doctoral degree in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

The Fellowship of US$10,000 may be used at any university or college offering accredited postgraduate courses and degrees. The awards were established in 1938 in honour of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zonta club member.

At a glance

  • Funding valueUS$10,000
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU, Rest of World
  • DeadlineOn going
  • Funding provider(s)Zonta International

What it covers

The Fellowship may be used for tuition, books, fees or living expenses (room, board or travel).

  • The payment of US$10,000 is made in September.
  • For domestic and foreign recipients studying in the United States, Fellowship funds used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or required equipment for the programme of study are not considered taxable income. Withholding taxes may be required on funds used for living expenses or other non-qualified expenses, e.g. room, board or travel to conferences.
  • Recipients are not permitted to defer the Fellowship.
  • Fellows may accept additional grants and scholarships from other sources.

Applicable courses

This funding opportunity is applicable to PhD courses at Cranfield University. Please see the 'Who can apply' section for more information.

Who can apply

Women of any nationality pursuing a PhD/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 on a full-time PhD/doctoral programme and have completed at least one year of the programme, 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 PhD or doctoral programme before April of the following year.

Please note that post-doctoral research programmes are not eligible for the Fellowship. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not permitted to apply for the Fellowship. Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year.

Further information

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.

How to apply

The closing date for this fellowship is usually around mid-November - please check the Zonta International website for full details and closing date.

To apply, please complete an official application in English. It may be printed or downloaded from the Zonta International website and include:

  • Biographical information (as requested on page 4 of the application);
  • Plans for intended study;
  • Official detailed transcripts of grades from all universities/colleges attended, including undergraduate institutions and degrees received (links from universities containing electronic transcripts will be not accepted);
  • Translated transcripts in English of all grades from all universities/colleges/institutions attended;
  • A list of scholarships, fellowships and honours received, if any;
  • A list of previous publications, if any (please do not attach publications);
  • Employment history, if any;
  • An essay on academic and professional goals - applicants should describe, in general scientific terms, a well-defined research programme for their PhD/doctoral studies;
  • Three recommendations from professors (or supervisors): one of the recommendations must be from a thesis supervisor or advisor and one from a university professor - use the provided recommendation waiver form if your professor or supervisor is submitting their recommendation via email;
  • Verification of Current Enrolment form from the university/college registrar (see page 9 of application);

All non-English documents must be translated into English to be considered. 

Information other than official transcripts and recommendations must be limited to the space provided; attachments, articles, pamphlets, books, curriculum vitae or other publications are not requested and will not be considered.

Applications are accepted by email or regular mail, however, email submissions are preferred. Applications submitted by email to must be signed and sent as a PDF. Recommendations submitted by regular mail must be confidential and enclosed in a sealed envelope signed by the referee. If the recommendations are being submitted via email by referees, a recommendation waiver form must accompany each recommendation. All recommendation letters must be signed by the referees. The official detailed transcripts and verification of enrolment can also be submitted by email as long as they are signed and sent as a PDF in colour. If you are unable to scan in colour, please submit the official detailed transcripts and verification of enrolment via regular mail. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays will not be considered. Please do not submit multiple copies.