The George J. Mitchell Scholarship
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, is named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell is designed to foster leadership and community involvement, as scholars act as ambassadors for the U.S. in the Irish/Northern Ireland communities in which they study. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are selected annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline at select universities in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
The scholarship awards one year of post-graduate study or research at one of nine institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Maynooth, University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Queen’s University Belfast, and The University of Ulster.
The scholarship provides tuition, room and board, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend, as well as airfare to and from the United States.
According to the Mitchell website, "Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community."
Applicants do not apply separately for admission to the academic institutions. Admission to the degree programs is part of the selection process. Candidates are asked to select and rank three preferred institutions in their applications, and the Mitchell program matches selected scholars to the universities.
- be a U.S. citizen
- be at least 18 years old, but not yet 30 by October 1 of the year of application
- hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- have a high GPA (generally 3.8 or above)
- have a strong record of leadership and sustained community service
- receive the endorsement of Fordham University through the Office for Prestigious Fellowships
External deadline: October 5, 2010