George J. Mitchell Scholarship Programme

At a glance


The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance.

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 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, and
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service.

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

All eligible candidates who are prepared to enter a rigorous scholarship competition are encouraged to apply.

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 26 of the year of the 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 cycle for study during the 2020-2021 academic year (Mitchell Class of 2020) is now closed.

Key Dates

Mitchell Scholarship Program Class of 2021 Application Deadline (for study in Ireland during the 2020-2021 academic year) : September 27, 2019 5:00pm Eastern Time

Semi-Finalist Skype Interviews: October 21-24, 2019

Finalist Weekend: November 22-23, 2019

Mitchell Scholarship Program Selection Announcement:
November 24, 2019


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