The 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 year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: i) scholarship, ii) leadership, and iii) a sustained commitment to community and public service.
University endorsement is required.
University endorsement is determined through a competitive campus process. More details below.
Who are they looking for?
The Mitchell Scholarship program has an overriding interest is the applicant's record of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. Reviewers look for persuasive, documented evidence of achievement in these 3 areas, with equal importance and weight given to each area. Applicants are also evaluated on personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.
- U.S. Citizen
- Under age 30
- graduating senior, recent graduate (within two years of graduation date), or current graduate/professional student, or recent graduate
If you are interested in the Mitchell Scholarship, be sure to check our events page for UK Awards Information Sessions - or - complete an advising request form to speak with a fellowships advisor.
How to Apply
To apply for this award, you must be endorsed by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for nomination beginning each Spring.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Fellowships Office as soon as you decide to submit a Mitchell Scholarship application. Fellowships advisors will provide program expertise and step-by-step advice to assist you with preparing your application. Please note: in accordance with new Mitchell Scholarship requirements, you may not receive feedback on your personal statement from anyone. Learn more about the application process and components on the Mitchell website.
Required Campus Deadline: August 15
You must complete a Mitchell application by this deadline be considered for Drexel endorsement (required to apply for the program). The Drexel University Selection Committee will endorse only those candidates who demonstrate potential to be Mitchell Scholars.
Endorsed Applicant Deadline: September 26, 12pm (noon)
Endorsed students must submit a complete application, including revised materials and four letters of recommendation by this date.
The Fellowships Office will submit an official University Endorsement Letter to the US-Ireland Alliance by September 30. Shortly following this date, applicants will receive instructions to complete a short video interview, in which you will be asked three questions and given 30 second to compose your throughts before responding. A semi-finalist interview may or may not be conducted via Skype. Finalists will be invited for an interview November 18-19, 2016 in Washington, DC. We will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. The final selection will be announced shortly after the interview.
More information about the Mitchell Scholarship, including application tips and samples, is available on the Fellowships Blackboard/Learn Community site (sign-up here
For official information on the Mitchell Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit their website
Last updated: April 2016
Fields of Study:
- Arts and Creative Fields
- Business and Law
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.