The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships were established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zonta club member. The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded annually to women pursuing a Ph.D./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 post-graduate courses and degrees.
Who is Eligible?
Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./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 in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and must not graduate before April 2017. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also 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.
What are the Requirements?
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
q Be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering at the time the application is submitted. A letter of acceptance or verification of enrollment must be submitted with the application.
q 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 electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
q 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).
q 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 [i.e. thesis supervisor or advisor must be one of the referees].
q Applicant must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and will not graduate before April 2017.
How Do I Apply?
Complete an official application in English (may be printed or downloaded from the Zonta International website, www.zonta.org) and include:
q Biographical information (as requested on page 4 of the application).
q Plans for intended study.
q List and include official detailed transcripts of grades from all universities/colleges attended, including undergraduate institutions and degrees received.
q List and include translated transcripts in English of all grades from all universities/colleges/institutions attended.
q List scholarships, fellowships and honors received, if any.
q List previous publications, if any. (Please do not attach publications).
q Employment history, if any.
q Essay on academic program and professional goals - applicant should describe, in general scientific terms, a well-defined research program for her Ph.D./doctoral studies.
q Three recommendations from professors (or supervisors); one of the recommendations must be from a thesis supervisor or advisor and one from a university professor.
q Use the provided recommendation waiver form if professor or supervisor is submitting recommendation via email.
q Verification of Current Enrollment form from the university/college registrar (see page 9 of application).
q All non-English documents must be translated into English to be considered.
q 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.
What is the Application Process?
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 2016.