2019 Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Current student scholarship
Expanding opportunities for women in aerospace-applied sciences and engineering

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area

Engineering, Information technology and Science and mathematics

Eligibility criteria



Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

A US$10,000 fellowship for women studying an accredited postgraduate course or degree in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering.


To be eligible for this fellowship you must:

  • be a woman of any nationality pursuiing a PhD or doctoral degree
  • demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering
  • have completed one year of a PhD or doctoral degree, or have received a master's degree in an aerospace-applied field when you submit your application
  • not graduate from your PhD or doctoral degree before April 2020.

You are not eligible for this fellowship if you:

  • are undertaking post-doctoral research
  • are a member or employee of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation
  • have previously been awarded an Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship through Zonta International.

What happens next?

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.

You will be notified whether your application is succesful or not by the end of April 2019.

About the scholarship

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 up to 30 women pursuing PhD or doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied 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 1,573 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10 million, to 1,144 women representing 73 countries.

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.

Discover the right scholarship for you

Stay connected

Get just the information you want on courses, scholarships and events.

Get in touch

Australian and NZ students

3138 2000

Do you have a question about one of our courses? Ask QUT Chatbot now

International students

1800 181 848
(within Australia)

+61 3 9627 4853
(outside Australia)

Enquire online