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Office of National Scholarship Advisement
University of Mississippi

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Open to:

Rising seniors or graduate students


Application Deadlines

  • UM Deadline: June 1
  • National Deadline: September
  • Endorsement: UM Nomination is Required. Learn more about ONSA and the nomination process.



Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, and a stipend for living expenses and travel.


The specific selection criteria are:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Leadership
  3. A sustained commitment to community and public service


Application Procedure:

    • Candidates need to develop a statement of grant purpose and personal statement
    • A complete Mitchell application (including all essays a passport style photograph and scan of your signature) submitted online. 
    • Transcripts for all colleges or universities attended, including study abroad 
  • Four recommendation letters specifically tailored for the Mitchell Scholarship plus institutional endorsement.
  • You will receive an email from the Irish company Sonru about the required video interview less than 12 hours after the application deadline. The video portion of the application must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 27, 2021.



  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • 18 years or older but not yet 30 on the date the application is due. 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.

Endorsement by Office of National Scholarships (Dr. Ibrahim)


Videos and Workshops:

Who do we seek as Mitchell Scholars?

Q&A with US-Ireland Alliance President Trina Vargo

Mitchell Scholars





Want to Apply?


There are many things you can do to become competitive for such awards. It all starts with becoming engaged with your classes, your professors, and your community–starting your freshman year!

The key to a strong application is…START EARLY! Follow these steps to schedule your appointment!

STEP 1: Look through the Handbook or Website to identify potential awards.

  • Each award description in the handbook or website includes eligibility, a description, application procedures, and links to videos/webinars.
  • Some awards identify “institutional endorsement required” or “institutional endorsement recommended”. In order to be endorsed by ONSA and the university of Mississippi you must have a complete application by the campus deadline.

STEP 2: Complete the Fellowship Interest Form (required)

STEP 3: Make an appointment with a Fellowship Advisor (strongly recommended)

STEP 4: If you apply for a national fellowship, you will need to complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (required)