Mitchell Scholarship


About the Mitchell Scholarship
Basic Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Campus Endorsement Process
Application Components
Application Timeline
Applicant Resources
AHF Advising


University Endorsement Required

About the Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US 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 twelve 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.

Basic Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 27 of the year of the application (those who turn 30 on September 28th are not eligible).
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.

Learn more about eligibility

Selection Criteria

Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship
  • leadership
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service

Learn more about selection criteria

Campus Endorsement Process

Campus endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking USC nomination must submit certain application components by the campus endorsement deadline (biographical info, grade report, statement and four letters of recommendation).  Candidates will be notified whether they have been invited to a campus endorsement interview.

The campus deadline to apply for Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell and/or Rhodes Scholarship endorsement for the 2020-2021 grant year is April 1, 2019.

Additional Guidelines
Applicants are evaluated by a committee panel of USC faculty. The panel has endorsed students from a wide range of majors, career goals and leadership experiences. While there is no standard portfolio for a successful candidate, the faculty committee looks for academic excellence; commitment to service; leadership potential/experience; interest in Ireland; commitment to remaining a part of the Mitchell Scholar community.

Application Components

An applicant who is a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at the time of application must receive campus endorsement from USC in order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. For endorsed candidates, a complete Mitchell application includes the following components:

  • Biographical Information
  • Passport-style photo
  • Transcript(s)
  • Personal statement: In 1,000 words or less, share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee.  Describe your academic and other interests.  Describe the specific area of proposed study and your reasons for selecting a particular institution.
  • A scan of your signature 
  • Letter of endorsement
  • Video interview
  • Four letters of recommendation

Learn more about application components

Application Timeline

USC Campus Endorsement Application (same for Churchill, Marshall and Rhodes Scholarship campus endorsement)

  • Early April: Campus Endorsement application deadline  
  • Mid-April: Campus Endorsement interview for competitive applicants
  • Late April: Interviewed candidates are notified of the University’s nomination decision

Mitchell Scholarship National Application 

  • May: Mitchell Scholarship application opens
  • September 27, 2019: National deadline for applicants to submit application
  • November: Finalist interviews in Washington, DC

Applicant Resources

Mitchell Scholarship website: Interested applicants must complete an extensive review of this websites with special attention to the following pages in advance of submitting their application:

AHF Advising

Open Advising: January – March
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