George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:
Yes (except for alumni)


The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Who Should Apply:

U.S. citizens between the ages of 18-30. Complete undergraduate degree before matriculating in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Any major offered by the university of choice (but funding duration makes one-year degree programs most logical). Record of leadership and service. Stellar academic record. Studying a distinctly Irish topic and/or claiming Irish descent confers no advantage.

Program Duration:

One year of graduate study. Applicants are encouraged to select programs that offer a degree in that time frame.

Program Website:
Number & Amount Available:

Approximately 12 awards annually. Funds tuition and housing. Also funds travel to and from the island of Ireland. A living stipend and additional travel stipend (to encourage travel in the island of Ireland) are also provided.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Recommended GPA:
3.7 and above (unweighted)
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:
The application submission window for the 2021  award has been closed. Please check back for next award cycle dates.

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, please email UFO staff at as soon as possible.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the letter of guidance from UFO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter of recommendation: Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (contact us for the link to send them). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact UFO staff.

Mitchell Scholarship NC State pre-endorsement and endorsement interview dates (interviews are required):
To be confirmed. We will notify applicants of interview dates at a later date.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
September 25, 2020

Additional Information