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George J. Mitchell Scholarship

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

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The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, 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.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.


A candidate for the Mitchell Scholarship Program:

  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on Sept. 29 of the year of application. (Those who turn 30 on Sept. 30, 2017 are not eligible.)
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.

While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents. It is important to note that the relevant government agency may require spouses or partners who are non-EU citizens to enroll full-time and prove financial resources for the year or to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Please check with the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland) or the British Council (U.K.) for details.

Application Procedure

1. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy, preferably during your junior year but no later than May 31 prior to your senior year, to discuss your goals and plan to compete in this scholarship process.

2. Begin the online application online and register Dean Amanda McCarthy/Case Western Reserve University as endorser/endorsing University. 

3. Send the following to Dean Amanda McCarthy at by the campus deadline of Sept. 13, 2017: 

  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, if applicable
  • An unofficial transcript

The aforementioned items are actual Mitchell application components and will not only allow the Campus Selection Committee to evaluate your candidacy but allow you to develop your formal Mitchell application.

Preference will be for all documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Reference letters can be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to or via U.S./campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 357 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7028. Letters of recommendation will also need to be submitted to the online application as well.

4. Campus interviews are required for all candidates. Times will be identified for interviews based on your class schedule and committee availability. Interviews will take place in late September. (See schedule below.)

5. Complete final application submission by Sept. 29, 2017. Campus endorsement will be completed following the campus interviews and by the national deadline.

Application Timeline
Campus deadline (reference letters included) Sept. 13, 2017
Interview scheduling and confirmation Sept. 13-15, 2017
Campus interviews Sept. 22, 2017
Online application to be submitted by Sept. 27, 2017
Campus nominations completed Sept. 25-29, 2017
National deadline Sept. 29, 2017

Value of the Award

The Mitchell Scholarship Program supports one academic year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, housing, a cash stipend for living expenses, and a travel stipend.


Serena Wilson, Director, George Mitchell Scholarship Program

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