The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Who is eligible? U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet thirty on October 1 in the year of application. Completion of a Bachelor's degree before they begin postgraduate studies in Ireland.
When is the Deadline?
Campus: Mid-August
Mitchell: End of September
Description Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study. The award seeks evidence of high academic achievement, leadership, and clear commitment to community and public service. The award covers tuition and room/board, as well as a monthly stipend.  Round-trip airfare to Ireland is also provided.
How Do I Apply? The Mitchell application is entirely online. The student is responsible for ensuring all materials, including recommendations, are uploaded prior to the deadline, but should also seek out the guidance of the campus representative.  Once the online application is complete and submitted, the student will be contacted to set up an online video interview.
Personal statement (1,000 words maximum). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work and that no one has assisted you with the personal statement in any way.
What happens after I submit an application? Semifinalist Skype interviews will take place in late October.  "Finalist Weekend," when in-person interviews take place, is held in mid- to late November.
What's next? Three events are mandatory for each Mitchell Scholar:  a September orientation (usually held in Dublin), a mid-year retreat (usually held in Northern Ireland), and commencement in May (somewhere on the island -- it changes each year).  The Mitchell Scholarship covers hotel expenses for these obligatory events, but the Scholars are expected to use the stipend to cover their travel and any incidentals.  There are also optional but highly recommended gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner in Dublin and a trip to Glenstal Abbey.  

Four times in the year, on assigned dates, the Mitchell Scholars will write blogs for the Mitchell Scholarship website about their experience.

Named in honor of former US Senator George J. Mitchell who was responsible for the Good Friday Peace Accord in Ireland, these scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The goal of Mitchell Scholarships is to interest the next generation of American leaders in the island of Ireland. Scholars will be encouraged to take advantage of the various educational and social opportunities that will be offered to them during their stay by members and friends of the US-Ireland Alliance.

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 indicates a potential for future leadership, and contribution to society." There are no restrictions as to academic field of study although 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. As institutional balance will be a factor, an applicant's likelihood of being selected is significantly increased if the applicant expresses a willingness to attend more than one of the eligible institutions.
For more information, visit the Mitchell Scholarship home page.