The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally 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

  • US citizen

  • Between the ages of 18 and 30 as of September 29, 2017.

  • 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 Mitchell Scholars Program is named in honor of the former United States senator who served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland.

The scholarships support one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

The proposed course of study must be available at the university selected by the applicant, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Applicants must demonstrate a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extracurricular 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 committee will look for persuasive, documented evidence of significant achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and commitment to community and service. Some applicants have impressive academic credentials but lack a credible record of accomplishment in leadership and service. Membership or participation in a long résumé of extracurricular activities is less convincing than demonstrating a significant, tangible impact on the candidate’s community or school.

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).

Application Procedure and Dates

The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the campus deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

Undergraduates applying for the Mitchell scholarship must obtain a letter of endorsement from their home university.  UM undergraduates (typically rising Seniors) who wish to be considered for endorsement must submit the Mitchell Scholarship Full Campus Application by August 10, 2017.

Graduate students and non-students are not required to submit institutional endorsements and should submit their application materials by the national deadline (September 29, 2017) at http://www.us-irelandalliance.org.

Application Timeline

April 2017  
Application available online.

August 10, 2017  
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

September 2017 
Campus interviews are held.

September 29, 2017  
National deadline for nominees to submit online application and supporting documents to US-Ireland Alliance.

Late October 2017  
Semi-finalist Skype interviews.

Late November 2017  
Finalists are interviewed and recipients announced.