George J. Mitchell Scholarships
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.
- 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.
Applying & Resources
Current seniors must be endorsed by Davidson College to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. (Alumni candidates do not have to be endorsed.) To be considered for endorsement, eligible seniors must follow the instructions for submitting an application to Davidson's endorsement committee in the Mitchell Scholarship Application Toolkit (Davidson login required).
Schedule an Office of Fellowships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Director of Fellowships, to discuss your candidacy.