US-Ireland Alliance George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Full-tuition, housing and other (currently $1250 USD)

Number of Awards:12

Deadline: September 29, 2017

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The US-Ireland Alliance is pleased to announce the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program is open to 18 years of age or older (but not yet 30) candidates who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. The program’s goal is to provide tomorrow’s leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity for the island of Ireland.Up to twelve Mitchell Scholarships are awarded each year. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides full-tuition, housing, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel(currently $1250 USD) for up to one year.One round-trip airline ticket between the United States and Ireland is also provided.

Host Institution:

The US-Ireland Alliance is a proactive, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to consolidating existing relations between the United States and the island of Ireland and building that relationship for the future. The Alliance was created by Trina Vargo in 1998, in recognition of the fact that the relationship between the United States and Ireland was undergoing a dramatic transformation. Based in Washington, D.C., and Dublin, Ireland, the US-Ireland Alliance includes members from both the United States, Ireland, the UK and beyond.


A Candidate for the Mitchell Scholarship Program must meet all the following criteria:

  • A Candidate must be a U.S. citizen
  • A Candidate must be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 29 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on September 30th are not eligible).
  • A Candidate must 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.
  • 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.
  • All eligible candidates who are prepared to enter a rigorous Scholarship competition are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Supporting Documents:

Materials you will need to complete the Mitchell Scholarship application:

  • Passport-style photo (PDF)
  • An unofficial transcript (Finalists will be asked to provide official transcripts.) All transcripts scanned into a single PDF
  • Essay/Personal statement: (1,000 words maximum – most applicants find it helpful to write this in advance). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials.The statement or essay must be your own work.
  • A scan of your signature (PDF)
  • The Mitchell Scholarship Program will ask applicants selected as finalists to provide:
  • Proof of US Citizenship – See a list of acceptable documents to prove U.S. Citizenship:
  • Official copies of all transcripts in a sealed envelope or through a secure electronic system directly from the applicant’s registrar.
  • Require a short video interview as part of the application process: The interview will take less than 10 minutes.
  • If you are a graduate student or a non-student, you do not submit an institutional endorsement but may submit one as one of your four recommendations.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Up to twelve Mitchell Scholarships are awarded each year. However, this number is not absolutely fixed and it can vary based on the Selection Committee’s assessment of the candidates, as well as university placement in Ireland.
  • The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides full tuition, housing, and a monthly living stipend (currently $1250 USD) for up to one year (12 months) of post-graduate academic study in Ireland. Most programs run for nine months.
  • Up to three additional months of thestipend will be provided if required by the program (for a maximum of 12 months).
  • One round-trip airline ticket between the United States and Ireland is also provided.
  • Each Mitchell Scholar is responsible for securing and financing his or her own health insurance while abroad.
  • While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents.

Application deadline:

  • The application deadline is September 29, 2017, at 5 pm Eastern Time and study will commence in the fall of 2018.
  • Video Interview: Once your application has been received and certified as complete after the initial deadline, you will receive information about the required video interview. You will have approximately 48 hours to submit the video interview. The video portion of the application must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 2, 2017.

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Contact information:

If you have questions about the program, contact the program director to