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

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.


Internal: Early September
External: Late September
Here's the link to view this year's specific deadline dates.


  • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • An applicant must be 18 years of age or older but not yet 30 on September 26 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on September 27th are not eligible);
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.  Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.


The application is available online at and consists of:

  • Information about awards, achievement, community service;
  • A personal essay (1000 words maximum). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (passport/birth certificate);
  • Academic transcripts;
  • Four letters of recommendation (at least two of the four letters must come from persons with whom the candidate has done academic work at college or university);
  • Contact information for Institutional Endorser and four recommenders;
  • A scan of your signature and a passport style photo;
  • University choices and field of study options in Ireland;
  • A video interview soon after the application is submitted and certified as complete.


Learn more about The George J. Mitchell Scholarship at the above webpage, by visiting the Office of National Fellowships & Scholarships, or by contacting the faculty liaison.