Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Mitchell Scholarship

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 (study in Northern Ireland is not currently an option through the Mitchell Scholarship). Applicants are judged on three criteria:

– scholarship,
– leadership, and
– a sustained commitment to community and public service.

The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Ireland

Eligible applicants:

– are graduating seniors or recent alums (ages 18-30)
– have significant academic and leadership accomplishments
– are US citizens
– demonstrate a sustained commitment to community and public service

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Mitchell Scholarship application process:

Review the information on the scholarship website to gain a better understanding of the scholarship requirements, application process and eligibility.

Contact CFSA and your mentor(s) to discuss your plans to apply for the scholarship.

Submit an “intent to apply” form to CFSA by June 30th.

Start exploring one-year Irish master’s programs that are a good match for your academic background and career goals (applicants propose at least three universities as possible places to study and will be assigned to one by the Mitchell program). Note that Northern Ireland will not participate in the Mitchell program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application opens in April.

Application components include:
– completed application form
– passport size photo
– transcript(s)
– personal statement
– four recommendation letters

The Mitchell application process includes an institutional endorsement (for undergraduate applicants). Prospective applicants should submit an “intent to apply” form to CFSA by June 30th. Once they are nominated, applicants should create an account on the scholarship website and start working on their applications. Note that successful applicants have documented evidence of significant achievement in academic excellence, leadership and commitment to community and public service. Applicants should work closely with CFSA on their applications.

All applications by SU applicants who receive institutional endorsement are submitted to Mitchell by CFSA.

Application deadline is in late September.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
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