Mitchell Scholarship

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Campus Deadline: Sept. 9, 2015

Campus Interviews: Sept. 16, 20, 21, 22

National Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015


Information for Applicants
1. Should I Apply? (pdf)
2. Guide for Stanford Applicants (pdf)
3. The Process of Applying (pdf)
4. The Interviews (pdf)
Application Materials
Mitchell Official Site
Stanford Pre-Application Form
Mitchell Cover Sheet
Notes for Recommenders



The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program was established in 1998, by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, to "educate future American leaders about the island of Ireland-North and South-and to provide tomorrow's leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity with, the island from which 44 million Americans claim descent."

The Scholarship is named in honor of former Senator George J. Mitchell who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland in the mid-1990s. The first group of Mitchell Scholars began their studies in Ireland and Northern Ireland in fall 2000. Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, for one academic year of post-graduate study.

As of July 10, 2015, due to the Northern Ireland budget impasse, Northern Ireland Universities will not be an option for Mitchell Scholarship applicants in the next selection round (those who will apply for the October 2015 deadline). They will not be able to select Queen's University Belfast or the University of Ulster for their year of study (fall 2016-spring 2017).

The Award

The universities participating in the Mitchell Scholarships cover tuition and room for the Scholar. In addition, each Scholar will receive a stipend 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.


Applicants for the Mitchell Scholarships must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Be 18 years of age or older but not yet 30 on September 30 of the year of application
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar
  • Receive the endorsement of Stanford University (if they are a current student)

Prospective Scholars must 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, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.

There are no restrictions as to academic field of study though the proposed course of study must be available at the university elected by the applicant and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

The Application

All Stanford undergraduate student candidates currently enrolled MUST apply through the ORC to go through the campus process. Graduate students, part-time students or non-students do not require an institutional endorsement. If non-students would like to submit a letter from a current or former university, he or she may do so as one of his or her four references.

Personal Statement

In their Personal Statement essay, Mitchell applicants should address why the candidate wants to be a Mitchell Scholar and why studying in Ireland or Northern Ireland makes sense for his or her goals.
All applicants are asked to check a box (equivalent to an e-signature) in the online application at the conclusion of the essay that attests to the following statement:

"I attest that this essay 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."

Video Interview

Once the application has been received and certified as complete after the initial national deadline, the candidate will receive information about the required video interview. He or she will have approximately 48 hours to submit the video interview.

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