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Mitchell Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

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. 

Eligibility:

  • Citizenship: A citizen of the United States.
  • Age: At least 18 but not yet 30 years of age. (see website for details)
  • Degree: Completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st. 

Application Deadlines

  • U-M Deadline: 4th Monday in August 
  • National Deadline: Late September/Early October
  • Endorsement: U-M Nomination is Required. Learn more about ONSF and the nomination process.

Mitchell Selection Criteria:

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 its three selection criteria: 

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

Instructions for Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants should join the UK Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more. All U-M applicants must register with ONSF via the Canvas site in order to be eligible to apply for U-M nomination to the Mitchell Scholarship.  

Application Summary

  1. Four letters of recommendation from faculty or work/internship/research supervisors 
  2. A personal statement (1000 word limit) 
  3. Proposed Academic Program (350 words)
  4. Two-page resume of major academic and co-curricular activities.
  5. Unofficial U-M transcript 
  6. U-M class ranking

Top candidates for U-M endorsement will be invited to interview with the Rhodes and Marshall 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.