Zonta International professional organization has announced it has awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for 2019-2020 to 30 women from 15 countries, the organization said.
Chosen from 175 applicants worldwide, the 30 women exhibited the most promise in advancing research in the field of aerospace.
Women make up only 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. To encourage them to expand their horizons by exploring occupations and holding positions beyond those traditionally held by females, Zonta International annually awards the Amelia Earhart Fellowship to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering.
Since 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than USD 10.3 million, to 1,174 women from 73 countries. Throughout its history, Zonta has awarded more than 3,000 fellowships, scholarships and awards through donations made to the Zonta International Foundation.
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. More than 29,000 members in 63 countries work together to make gender equality a worldwide reality for women and girls. Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than USD 41.2 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.