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  The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

 The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholarship Program funds scholars for one year. Scholars are normally enrolled in a one-year master's degree or similar program at an institution of higher learning in Ireland.

Selection for Mitchell Scholarships is highly competitive and the university has a limit to how many candidates can receive offficial endorsement to enter the competition. As a result, a prescreening process is required of all potential applicants.

The CUA campus deadline for the 2019-2020 Mitchell Scholarship Competition is 27 August 2018.

Eligibility In order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship Program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen at time of application.
  • At least 18 years of age but not yet 30 on 30 September of the year of application.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.
Selection Criteria
Successful applicants have documented evidence of superb achievement in:
  • Academics: applicants should exhibit sound scholarly excellence and strong preparation for the proposed field of graduate study
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to community and public service

For more detailed information, please visit the George J. Mitchell Scholarship website.

When should you  start thinking about the Mitchell? End of your sophomore or beginning of your junior year at CUA.
When should you begin the application? Spring of your Junior year.

2019-2020 Competition Timeline

  • 7 April 2018: CUA Pre-application Deadline
  • May 2018: Application available online
  • 27 August 2018: Mitchell Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • Mid-September 2018: On Campus Interviews held
  • 1 October 2018 at 5pm EST:  Mitchell Scholarship National Application Deadline
  • Approximately 48 hours later: Submission deadline for required video interview
  • October 2018: Semi-Finalist Skype Interviews
  • November 2018: Mitchell Scholarship Finalist Weekend
  • Late November 2018: Mitchell Scholar Selection Announcement

For More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (