George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Information Session: NISO Week September 19-23 Information Session Schedule and RSVP

Campus Deadline: September 1, 2016

Fields of Study: Open

Funding for: One year of graduate study at any university in the Republic of Ireland

Begin Application: junior or senior year, recent grad or graduate student

Website: Applying to the Mitchell Scholarship Program


The Mitchell Scholarship Program was named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and covers one year of graduate study at any university in Ireland for up to 12 scholars annually. The program seeks to introduce and connect generations of future Americans to Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 30th of the year of application
  • Bachelor's degree in hand by start of degree program in Ireland

Candidate Profile

  • Excellent academic performance and intellectual distinction
  • Outstanding record of leadership as demonstrated by academic, campus, community, and/or work activities
  • Sustained commitment to community and public service
  • Personal and/or professional interest in U.S.-Ireland relations (e.g., cultural, political, economic, etc.). Candidates need not be Irish or have Irish ancestry to apply, nor will such candidates receive priority.
  • Potential to succeed in independent graduate study abroad

Application Components

  • 1,000 word Personal Statement
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Letter of institutional endorsement from Purdue (full-time students only)
  • Certified transcript (or transcripts)
  • Scanned PDF of your signature
  • Passport-style photo (PDF)

Application Procedure

Applicants MUST obtain institutional endorsement from Purdue in order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. As such, applicants will be reviewed by an internal committee who will select nominees to send forward to the Mitchell Scholarship competition. Students currently enrolled in graduate school must obtain endorsement from both their undergraduate and graduate institutions. Applicants do NOT need to apply separately for university admission. The candidate’s assignment to a university in Ireland is part of the application process.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

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