The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30, as of September 30, 2013
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study – eligible for seniors with graduation in December, May or Summer

General Information

The proposed course of study must be available at the university elected by the applicant, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in proposed field.

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.

The Mitchell Scholars program openly welcomes and encourages candidates of all ethnic, racial, religious, and political backgrounds to apply.

The Mitchell Scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Scholarship is only for one year. Scholars normally are enrolled in a one-year master’s degree or similar program.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. The Mitchell Program has only 20 national finalists for 12 awards.

Additional information may be found at the George J Mitchell Scholarship Website (http://www.us-irelandalliance.org) or by contacting the campus faculty representative, Ms. Kefryn Reese, Director, Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, Center for Student Services, Building 21, Room Y, 305-284-5387.

Application Procedure and Dates

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the University of Miami Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university.

The on-line application is available at the George J Mitchell Scholarship Website (http://www.us-irelandalliance.org).  Applicants are required to provide five letters of recommendation, proof of US citizenship (passport/birth certificate), academic transcripts, completed online application, and a well-thought out 1000-word personal statement. For full instructions on applying for endorsement for the Mitchell Scholarship click on the link below.

Mitchell Application Instructions for UM Students, 2013-2014

Deadline Dates

March 2013   Application available online.

August 12, 2013   Campus deadline to submit a copy of your preliminary George J Mitchell Scholarship application to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Scholarships for review and possible endorsement.

October 1, 2013   UM nominees submit complete application and supporting documentation to the US-Ireland Alliance.

November 2013   Finalist Weekend in Washington DC