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Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program honors former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of graduate study in any discipline offered by nine institutions of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland.  Applicants are selected on the basis of their scholarly abilities, leadership potential, and sustained commitment to community and public service.

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

Institutional Endorsement: The Mitchell Scholarship does not accept direct applications from current U-M students; current students must be nominated by the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).  Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.  Graduates and graduate students are not required to seek institutional endorsement.

U-M Nomination Deadline: Fourth Monday of August by 12 noon. Application Timeline

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office on National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)

Eligibility:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • At least 18 but not yet 30 years of age. (Applicants must still be 29 on October 1st of the year of application.)
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st in the year follow election.

The Mitchell Scholarship does not set a minimum GPA, but successful applicants for U-M nomination will typically have a 3.5 or higher GPA with the average probably around 3.7 GPA.  The foundation gives equal weight to their three selection criteria:

  1. Academic excellence​
  2. Demonstrated leadership potential
  3. Commitment to public service

Application Instructions:

Contact Henry Dyson in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) to register as an applicant for U-M nomination.  

Applicants should submit each of the following to onsf.applications@umich.edu by noon on the last Monday of August:

1) A PDF of the online application including at least three potential academic programs at three universities - see this page for a list of universities in Ireland - as well as information about your awards, achievements, service, and leadership.

2) A personal statement* (1000 word limit) stating the applicant’s goals and intended program of study.  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. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work and that no one has assisted you with the personal statement in any way (see this page for specific details).

3) Four letters of recommendation from faculty or work/internship/research supervisors sent directly to ONSF at onsf.applications@umich.edu.  

  • Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Waiver Form, found here, and submit directly to us at onsf.applications@umich.edu.  You will then fill out the FERPA Release for Letter Writes and submit that form to you letter writers when asking them to write a letter of recommendation for you.  Please advise your recommenders that their letters of recommendation should be entitled "StudentLastName_StudentFirstName_AdvisorLastName" and emailed directly to ONSF at onsf.applications@umich.edu with "Mitchell Recommendation" in the subject line.  

Applicants are encouraged to work closely with Henry Dyson in selecting these recommenders.  

Top candidates for U-M endorsement will be invited to interview with the Mitchell Nomination Committee in early September.  Candidates selected for endorsement will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final application before the October 1st national deadline.

Once your application has been received and certified as complete after the initial deadline, you will receive information about the required video interview.  You will have approximately 48 hours to submit the video interview.  The video portion of the application must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on the deadline indicated here.  Please see this page for more information about the video interview.

Note: regarding personal statement

The Mitchell Scholarship does not allow applicants to receive any editorial help on their personal statements. All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal  statement and before their signature:

“I attest that this personal statement is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.”

All institutional endorsements must include something explicitly to this effect:

"I am knowledgeable regarding the institutional practices of [name of institution] in connection with applications for the Rhodes Scholarship. To the best of my knowledge and belief, [name of institution] has provided no editorial review of the applicant's[or applicant's name] personal statement."

(Pictured: Mitchell Scholars on Mt. Brandon.)