The George J. Mitchell Scholarships
Deadline: September 2013


The Mitchell Scholarship provides financial assistance for graduate study to conduct research at designated institutions of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, for one academic year.


The George J. Mitchell Scholarships were established in 1998, and are named in honor of the former U.S. Senator who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership, an historic accord, which ended decades of conflict, was agreed upon by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as the political parties of Northern Ireland. In May 1998, the agreement was overwhelmingly endorsed by the voters of Ireland, North and South, in a referendum. Senator Mitchell's leadership earned him worldwide praise and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. His life and career have embodied a deep commitment to public service. That commitment to serve community and country, along with his personal characteristics, are the qualities the U.S.-Ireland Alliance seeks in Mitchell Scholars. As the goal of the Mitchell Scholarships is to interest the next generation of American leaders in the island of Ireland, Scholars will be encouraged to avail themselves of the various educational and social opportunities offered to them during their stay by members and friends of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance.


Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., persons in the process of becoming U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and permanent residents of the Northern Mariana Islands. Applicants must be at least 18 years old or older but not yet 30 years old by the time of application.

Eligibility is limited to students who have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others that indicate a potential for future leadership and contributions to society. It is preferred that applicants in their first year of graduate study receive an endorsement from the undergraduate institution from which they graduated; for those in their second or later year of graduate study, the preference is for the endorsement to come from the graduate institution.

Eligible Fields of Study

The universities participating in the Mitchell Program generously contribute tuition and room for the Scholar. In addition, each Scholar will receive a stipend of $11,000 to cover other necessary expenses for the term of study. This stipend will be paid in two equal parts directly to the Scholar. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance will assist successful applicants with their traveling expenses to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Usit Now, Ireland's leading travel service for students, will contribute to a travel stipend to each Mitchell Scholar.

Application Process

Prospective Scholars must meet with the Undergraduate Center for National Fellowship Competitions to discuss the GW application process. The GW internal deadline is early September 2013. All materials are due by October 2013.