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:
April 10, 2018 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to be considered for this award’s endorsement, you must submit pre-endorsement application materials by the posted campus application deadline with our online submission form (contact us for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly.  Letters of recommendation will be required for those who proceed past the pre-endorsement stage and should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Email FAO staff to obtain the endorsement application instructions for the campus deadline.

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 FAO 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 FAO staff.

Mitchell Scholarship NC State pre-endorsement and endorsement interview dates (interviews are required):
To be confirmed. Please hold both of the following dates and time frames on your calendar: April 20, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET and August 24, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET. If you will be out of town and cannot reschedule, contact us immediately and no later than the campus deadline.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
September 28, 2018

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