May 28, 2024

RM research scientist Ria Vijayan wins Amelia Earhardt Fellowship

Research scientist Ria Vijayan is among the recipients of the prestigious 2024 Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, pilot Amelia Earhart. The Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.

Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. 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.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,734 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$11.6 million, to 1,305 women from 77 countries. Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

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 to apply for a scholarship.