The Catholic University of America


  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 or Northern 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 2018-2019 Mitchell Scholarship Competition is August 28, 2017.
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 September 30, 2015.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. 
Selection Criteria
Successful applicants have documented evidence of significant achievement in:
  • Academic excellence: 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 Sophomore/beginning of Junior year at CUA.
When should you begin the application?
Spring of your Junior year.

2018-2019 Competition Timeline

  • April 7, 2017: CUA Pre-application Deadline
  • May 2017: Application available online
  • September 8, 2017: Mitchell Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • Mid-September, 2017: On Campus Interviews held
  • October 1, 2017:  Mitchell Scholarship National Application Deadline
  • October 4, 2017: Submission deadline for required video interview
  • Week of October 27, 2017: Semi-Finalist Skype Interviews
  • November 21-22, 2017: Mitchell Scholarship Finalist Weekend
  • Late November 2017: Mitchell Scholar Selection Announcement

For More Information

Contact Karen Carducci, Fellowships Coordinator, at to set up a meeting.