The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. 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.
Award: The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides funding for a one-year master’s degree. Most programs run for nine months. It provides full tuition, housing, and a monthly living stipend (currently about $1250 USD) for up to one year of post-graduate academic study. One round-trip airline ticket between the United States and Ireland is also provided.
Criteria: Applicants are judged on (1) Scholarship, (2) Leadership, and (3) A sustained commitment to community and public service.
Undergraduate applicants must be endorsed by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships in order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the ODS director to learn more about the application process.
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
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar
- Have a competitive GPA, generally no less than 3.7
Notice: If you are a selected as a Mitchell Finalist, you must withdraw applications for the Rhodes & Marshall. Please be advised that this is ONLY applicable for applicants who submitted to the Rhodes and or Marshall Scholarships in conjunction with being selected as a finalist for the Mitchell.
How to apply for UNC endorsement
Applicants applying for endorsement must submit the following materials to ODS:
- ODS Registration Form
- Application for UNC Endorsement Form
- All relevant transcripts
- Current CV
- Recommender Name Submission Form
- 3-4 Letters of recommendation
- Additional Application Material
- University choices and field of study options
- Personal statement (1,000 words or less)
- Lists of Awards &Activities
Resources for applicants
- Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for advice on applying for a distinguished award
- Thoroughly read the following Mitchell rules and guidelines:
- ODS information sessions and prep-shops
- Schedule a meeting with the ODS director to discuss your application and receive advice to consider as you prepare for the endorsement deadline. Non-local applicants may schedule meetings via Skype or phone. (Note: You may not receive feedback on your Rhodes personal statement. We encourage you to schedule a meeting before you begin writing.)
Applicants may apply for multiple scholarship awards simultaneously, including the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships. However, pay careful attention to differences in guidelines for personal statements.