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Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Established in 1938, Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowships memorialize famed air pioneer and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. By remembering Amelia Earhart through this fellowship, Zonta International encourages and supports women to expand their horizons by pursuing degrees and careers in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. In the program’s 78-year history, Zonta has awarded 1,543 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totalling more than US$9.7million, to 1,114 Fellows representing 72 countries. It is anticipated that 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each will be awarded in 2018.


Important dates

Opens: 1-09-2017 Closes: 15-11-2018

Applies to

Postgraduate Research

At a glance

  • You must be a current ECU student to be eligible for this scholarship.

Eligibility guidelines

Women of any nationality are eligible. To apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be registered in a full-time PhD/doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering 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. A verification of current enrollment must be submitted with the application. Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
  • Demonstrate a superior academic record at a recognized university or college with accredited courses in aerospace-related studies as verified by official transcripts and recommendations. In programs where graduate transcripts are not provided as a matter of institutional policy, please provide a statement of that policy from the registrar or other school official. Please note that links from universities containing electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering as described in the application essay (in general scientific terms), the academic documents (references, transcripts, verification of enrollment) and the list of publications (Note: please do not attach publications; citing the references is sufficient).
  • Clearly demonstrate the relationship of the research to aerospace and furnish verification of research program through at least one of the reference letters required with the application. The thesis supervisor or advisor and a university professor must each be one of the referees.
  • Applicant must be registered in a full-time PhD/doctoral program by 15 November 2018 and must not graduate before April 2019.
  • Clearly demonstrate the relationship of the research to aerospace and furnish verification of research program through at least one of the reference letters required with the application. The thesis supervisor or advisor and a university professor must each be one of the referees.
  • Applicant must be registered in a full-time PhD/doctoral program by 15 November 2018 and must not graduate before April 2019.

How to apply

  • A copy of the Fellowship application can be downloaded from the Zonta International website. The application, recommendations, official transcripts, and verification of enrollment for the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2017 to be considered.

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