The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program allows future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program's goal is to provide tomorrow's leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity for the island of Ireland.

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 academic excellence, a record of outstanding leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

General Eligibility

Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements.

  • Class year: Seniors and alumni who will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar and who are 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 28 of the year of application.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens
  • GPA: No specific minimum, but must be competitive for admission to relevant graduate programs in the candidate's field of study in Ireland.

Other eligibility guidelines:

  • Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, a record of outstanding leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Application Process

Review the 2020 campus endorsement application process (for study beginning in 2021) on Handshake (login required).

Davidson College supports and must endorse qualified Davidson candidates (except alumni) for the Mitchell Scholarship. Davidson Mitchell candidates must apply through the campus application process, which begins in the spring semester before the annual application deadline. The campus process requires advanced submission of application materials (including references’ recommendation letters) and at least one interview in late summer/early fall. The campus interview process will determine if a candidate is eligible for Davidson’s Institutional Endorsement, which is required for all candidates (except alumni) for Mitchell Scholarships.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Sr. Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required). Also, visit the official George J. Mitchell Scholarship website.