Fund Details
Mitchell Scholarship
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement


The Mitchell Scholars 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 year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Application Information:

Applicants who are graduating seniors must receive endorsement from their current college or university. Yale endorsement is given by the Yale Committee for the Mitchell Scholarships and coordinated by Fellowship Programs at CIPE. Graduate students and alumni are not required to seek institutional endorsement before applying for the Mitchell, although they are very welcome to seek advice from the Fellowships office!  (Please see the official website for details.)

For those who have started applications and requested four letters of recommendation (personally and via the Yale Database) by the preliminary campus deadline, 1pm on August 6, the campus application deadline is 1pm, August 20, 2018.  

For details of how to apply for Yale's endorsement, see the Yale application timeline and forms, as well as the Yale Student Grants Database entry for the Common Application for Endorsement for Marshall, Mitchell, & Rhodes (application for endorsement is not made through this "Mitchell" entry in Database, but may only be made through the "Common Application"). Applicants must also look carefully at the official Mitchell website and information. (The official Mitchell application system opens in April for the following fall application cycle.)

Following institutional endorsement for graduating seniors, or in the first instance for alumni and graduate/professional students, candidates apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance via the official online application system. After reviewing applications, a national selection committee invites selected candidates for semi-final interviews via Skype and finalist interviews in person in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants, after doing some research of their own, are urged particularly to contact:
Fellowship Programs
Yale Center for International and Professional Experience

Meetings by appointment

Please note that applicants for the Mitchell are now asked to sign the following: "I attest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it.  I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.”  Letters of institutional endorsement are asked to include a complementary statement.  While Marshall rules have not changed, this means that:
  • Applicants may not seek (or receive) from anyone any comments or feedback on essays for the Mitchell or Rhodes.  However, you may—and indeed are strongly encouraged to—talk over your graduate school plans, career goals, and personal aspirations with advisers and mentors before you begin a draft.  Also, should your recommender request a draft of your essay to assist in writing in support of your application, you may properly share a draft; but you should at the same time ensure that your recommender understands that he or she may not in any way share any comments or feedback on your essays.
  • Applicants for Yale's endorsement for the Mitchell or Rhodes will be asked to upload final versions of their essays to the official application systems before campus endorsement interviews (normally in early September), and not to alter essays thereafter.
  • Failure to abide by the official rules will render an application ineligible.
  • If in doubt, please seek advice from the Fellowships office. In general, applicants may wish to refer to Fellowship Programs' long-standing policy on honesty in fellowship applications and essays.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are US citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 may apply for the Mitchell. The selection criteria for the Mitchell Scholarship are as follows:

• Academic excellence and intellectual distinction
• An outstanding record of leadership, which may be evidenced through a variety of activities and accomplishments; these efforts may be on- or off-campus, local, regional, or global. 
• Commitment to community and public service, evinced by a record of sustained commitment to service and community, on-campus, locally, nationally, or internationally.

Character, integrity, and generosity of spirit are elsewhere noted as characteristics sought, as indicators of potential for future leadership and unselfish contribution to society.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

Mitchell Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Please read the official information, provided on the Mitchell Scholars Program website, carefully. In particular, please note the application procedures, and especially the information on the selection process.

Links to Additional Information:

  1. Yale forms and timetable
  2. Official Mitchell Scholarship website
  3. Official Mitchell application
  4. Yale advice about fellowships for postgraduate study in Ireland & the UK
  5. General Yale application advice
  6. Book a Fellowships advising appointment

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Rebekah Westphal at

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                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
                Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
                8/20/2018 1:00 PM