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Mitchell Scholarship

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 the Republic of 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.

Eligibility requirements:
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Under age 30 on the application deadline
  • 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 as soon as you are considering applying for the Mitchell Scholarship. 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 are limited in the feedback you can receive on your personal statement. Learn more about the application process and components on the Mitchell website.

Submit an Intent to Apply Form Deadline: May 15
Students interested in seeking Drexel University endorsement for the Mitchell Scholarship should submit an Intent to Apply form as soon as possible to set up a meeting with the Mitchell Scholarship campus representative to discuss the program and any steps you can take now to become a more competitive applicant.

Qualified students who submit an Intent to Apply form by May 15 each year can work closely with a Fellowships Advisor and experienced Drexel faculty/staff, who can help the candidate clarify goals and values, assist with application details, and contribute to the draft of the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University.

Candidates who submit an Intent to Apply form after May 15 are not guaranteed the same level of advising, but will be considered for university endorsement if they submit materials by posted campus endorsement deadlines.

Campus Deadline: August 1
You must submit a full draft of the Mitchell application by this deadline be considered for Drexel endorsement (required to apply for the program). If you are not already receiving advising on this award, please contact for instructions on how to submit these draft materials. Unlike other awards, submission of your materials through the online Mitchell application is final, and cannot be reversed by the Drexel campus representative.

The Drexel University Selection Committee will endorse only those candidates who demonstrate potential to be Mitchell Scholars, based upon their written application materials and a brief interview.

Endorsed Applicant Deadline: Late September
Endorsed students must submit a complete application, including revised materials and four letters of recommendation by the date posted on the Mitchell Scholarship website.

Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs will submit an official University Endorsement Letter to the US-Ireland Alliance by late September. 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 seconds to compose your thoughts before responding. A semi-finalist interview may or may not be conducted via Skype. Finalists will be invited for an interview in Washington, DC in mid-November. We will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. The final selection will be announced shortly after the interview.

More information

More information about the Mitchell Scholarship, including application tips and samples, is available on our Fellowships Resource Site.

For official information on the Mitchell Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit the official program website.

Related Awards:
Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program; Schwarzman Scholars

Last updated: May 2021

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Ireland

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • One year


  • August 1 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.