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

Davidson College supports and must endorse qualified Davidson candidates for the Mitchell Scholarship (except for alumni). Davidson Mitchell candidates must apply through the campus application process, which begins in the spring semester before the annual application deadline. The campus endorsement process requires advanced submission of application materials (including references’ recommendation letters) and at least one interview in late summer/early fall. The Mitchell Scholarship will not consider unendorsed applications.

The campus endorsement application process and resources are available in the Mitchell Fellowships Toolkit article (Handshake login required). Students and alumni interested in applying are encouraged to contact Gaylena Merritt, Director of Fellowships, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Office of Fellowships at or schedule an Office of Fellowships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Director of Fellowships, through Handshake (login required). Also, visit the official George J. Mitchell Scholarship website.