Calls for Applications: The 2024 Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Zonta International is calling for applications for the 2024 Amelia Earhart Fellowship for women of any nationality.

To empower women through encouragement and financial support of women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering or space sciences. The Fellowships, established in 1938 as a living memorial to Zontian and aviatrix Amelia Earhart, encourage women to expand their career options beyond traditional boundaries.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowships focus on eliminating the gender bias that women face in pursuing doctoral degrees in research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences. Women are beginning to demonstrate a progression from limited representation in aerospace engineering or space sciences to being leaders in the field. During the first years of the program, the awards committee had trouble finding qualified applicants and worked as mentors with potential applicants to help them become qualified for the awards. Today, as evidenced by the increasing numbers of women in aerospace engineering or space sciences, the challenge is choosing the most promising women among the many qualified applicants. In addition, while professional and academic recommendations in this field were once written exclusively by males, many of today’s applicants receive recommendations from respected professors and professionals who are previous Amelia Earhart Fellows themselves.


  • The Amelia Earhart Fellowship offer monetary awards that are sent directly to the Fellows after they have returned the appropriate address, enrollment verification and tax information forms.
  • In addition, each Fellow receives a certificate and wings pin.


The is open to applicants should:

  • Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree 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 Ph.D./doctoral program 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 Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2025.
  • Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year. 
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Application Process

Applicants for the Amelia Earhart Fellowships are required to fill out an application, which includes;

  • information on their academic background,
  • their professional goals, and their research program.
  • three academic and/or professional references from professors (or supervisors) and
  • their academic detailed transcripts of courses and grades from all universities/colleges attended.

To apply for The 2024 Amelia Earhart Fellowship, click here

Deadline: November 15, 2023.

For more information on The 2024 Amelia Earhart Fellowship, visit the official site.

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