Mitchell Scholarship

Is it for you?

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship supports one year of graduate study in any field, at an institution of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. Named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

What are the key dates?

Information Sessions:

JHU Campus Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 9am EST – Pre-Application Due (see below)

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the Mitchell Scholarship must:

  • be U.S. citizens between the ages of 18-30 by September 26 of the application year.
  • have a superior academic record. While there is no stated minimum GPA for the Mitchell, a GPA of lower than 3.7 is not competitive.
  • demonstrate a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, extra-curricular activity, and service to others.

How do you work with the NFP?

To apply for the Mitchell, JHU nomination is required for current undergraduates (graduate students and alumni may apply on their own). Current undergraduate candidates must go through a campus pre-selection process that begins in February of the application year. This overview explains the process and includes a detailed timeline. Please read the overview before completing the pre-application to understand the big picture of our UK Scholarships application process. By the March campus deadline, all candidates must complete a pre-application form, using the accompanying pre-application instructions. Contact Dr. Hamell with any questions. We closely advise candidates on all parts of the application, including facilitating individual feedback sessions with faculty.

Pre-Application Materials

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to attend a U.K./Ireland Scholarships information session. In preparation, have a closer look at the resources below to learn more about the Mitchell.

late February-March Attend an info session
mid-March Submit pre-application materials
late March Interview with campus committee
April Attend writing workshops
May-June Participate in junto meetings & CV workshops
early September Meet deadlines for written materials
late September Meet official Mitchell deadline

Are you competitive?

Up to 12 scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must plan on participating in the spring pre-selection process, and they should expect to spend significant time revising their application materials. Candidates for the Mitchell Scholarships are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Scholarship, leadership, and service: Applicants are primarily judged according to their academic record, leadership skills and experience, and commitment to community and public service.
  • Personal Essay: This 1,000-word essay should address the issues that motivate you, as well as demonstrate your personality, passion, and intellectual drive.
  • Information: You must furnish an annotated list of your awards, achievements, community service, etc.
  • Proposed universities and programs: It is important that candidates spend sufficient time examining the various programs at the universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to determine the courses in which they are most interested and for which they are qualified. To be competitive, candidates should indicate at least three programs at three different universities.
  • Four letters of recommendation: Two of the four letters of reference must come from academic professors the candidate has taken courses from or conducted research with.
  • Video interview: The selection committee views Mitchell Scholars as representatives of their schools, their country, and the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, and would therefore like to see how well candidates express themselves in a spontaneous manner. As such, the committee requires that candidates respond orally to three questions in a brief online video session, as part of the initial application. (Details are on the official website.)

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

The Mitchell Scholarship

Explore JHU and NFP Resources

All applicants nominated by JHU’s campus committee are enrolled in our GRMMC Blackboard site, which contains a wealth of information and resources about the application process.

Hear from JHU Recipients

Peer Testimonial from Mark Brennan, 2013 Mitchell Scholar