George T. Mitchell Scholarship

Deadline

The national deadline for completed applications is Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Purpose

“Wherever you go in life, you’ll be a part of a society—a neighborhood, a community, a state, our great nation. Be active in that society. Do something in and with your life.”
—George J. Mitchell

The U.S.-Ireland Alliance sponsors a prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American citizens between the ages of eighteen and thirty to study at universities on the island of Ireland. The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars will be awarded. These scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Value: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Number of Awards: Up to forty scholarships awarded annually.

Tenure: The traditional Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e., twenty-two months), but may be extended by the commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year. Third-year extensions are granted by the commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the following universities:

  • Up to two third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Edinburgh to those pursuing a doctorate at Edinburgh.
  • Up to two third-year extensions may be granted by the London School of Economics and Political Science to those pursuing a doctorate at LSE.
  • Up to two third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Nottingham to those pursuing a doctorate at Nottingham
  • Up to three third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Oxford to those pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
  • Up to two third-year extensions may be granted by the University of St. Andrews to those pursuing a doctorate at St. Andrews

In addition, a limited number of One-Year Marshall Scholarships are available. These scholarships are tenable for one academic year (i.e., twelve months) and cannot be extended.

Eligibility

Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2011, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2008.

Note: Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.

Candidates may apply in one region only—either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying. Any candidate applying in more than one region will automatically be disqualified.

Candidates may apply for either the one-year or two-year scholarship, not both. Any candidate found applying for both will automatically be disqualified.

Candidates must submit their application on the online form provided. Applications must be endorsed by the president, provost, or academic dean of the applicant's educational institution (or employer). The online application must be submitted and authorised by a designated member of staff at the applicant's educational insitution (or employer). Note: Your institution may have earlier deadlines for submission of your application. Whether this is the case or not, you must submit your application in a timely manner in order for your institution to be able to authorise it for submission by October 1, 2010.

All items, including the four letters of recommendation, must be submitted online by the authorised contact and received at the regional center no later than October 1, 2010. Note: Academic transcripts must be sent by mail (not online) to the regional center: one original and five copies should be sent, and they should be marked with the ID code given and be received no later than October 1, 2010.

You will be able to track and monitor your application's progress online.

Apply To

Applications are made in one of eight regions in the United States. Candidates may apply in one region only—either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying.

The application cycle for the Class of ’12 is now open. Applications and procedures can change from year to year, so be sure to use the correct application form. Prospective applicants are urged to study the Frequently Asked Questions and the profiles of past scholars to learn about the program, the selection process, and the qualities we seek in a Mitchell Scholar. On the basis of the application submissions and semifinal interviews, approximately twenty finalists are invited for interviews with the Selection Committee, which will be held this year at a date TBA in November 2010.

Contact Information

Questions about the Mitchell Scholars Program can be addressed to Jennie LaMonte, managing director, at lamonte@mitchellscholars.org.

Additional Information