George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars (from an application pool of more than 300) are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Profiles of past winners are available online and give a good indication of what the alliance seeks in a candidate.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Limitations

Must be between 18 and 30 years old by Oct. 1 of the year of application.


Any of the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland or the two universities in Northern Ireland.

Amount, Duration of Award

The award is for one year and covers tuition, accommodations, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Application Requirements

If you are offered a Mitchell interview, you will be expected to accept the award if one is granted. This may mean forfeiting other opportunities before you know their outcome.

Dates, Deadlines and Notification

Past Brandeis Winners