Campus Deadline: August 31, 2021

National Deadline: September 24, 2021

Submit Campus Application by August 31, 2021

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Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell'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 the community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • A Sustained Commitment to Community and Public Service.

The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Eligibility Criteria

A Candidate for the Mitchell Scholarship Program must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 28 of the year of the application (those who turn 30 on September 29th are not eligible).
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from internationally accredited universities are acceptable if all other conditions are met.
  • While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents. It is important to note that the relevant government agency may require spouses or partners who are non-EU citizens to enroll full-time and prove financial resources for the year or to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland. Please check with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland for additional information.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • 1,000 word Personal Statement
  • 4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • Passport-style Photo (PDF)
  • PDF scan of signature
  • Video interview

For official information on the Mitchell Scholarship, which supersedes any information provided here, please visit this website.


2022 Mitchell Slides2018 UK Applicant WorkshopONIF Letter of Rec Advice for the Mitchell ScholarshipMitchell Letter of Recommendation Request FormONIF's Postgraduate Program Assessment SheetONIF Applicant Waiver