This award is for one year of post-graduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. You must be under the age of 30 and a U.S. citizen.
What They're Looking For
The Selection Committee's overriding interest is the applicant's record of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. They look for persuasive, documented evidence of achievement in these 3 areas, and all 3 fields are equally important criteria for the Mitchell Scholarship. The committee also looks at personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.
Students are encouraged to contact the National and International Scholarships Program upon deciding to submit a Mitchell Scholarship application. We will then provide some step-by step advice to assist with your application materials. Please note that, per Mitchell Scholarship requirements, you may not receive feedback on your Mitchell personal statement from anyone.
Required Campus Deadline
August 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Whether or not you turned in a priority application, a complete Mitchell application must be submitted to us in order to be considered for University of Illinois endorsement (a requirement to move forward in the competition). Based on your submittal, including grade reports that we will provide, and an interview, a University of Illinois Scholarships Selection Committee will determine your endorsement. The university will endorse those candidates the committee feels have the potential to be Mitchell Scholars; up to a handful of applicants will receive this endorsement (there is no limit on the number of endorsements, but the committee is quite judicious). We may also offer some feedback on your application, based on comments from committee members.
Required information includes:
- A signed Scholarship Waiver.
- Four letters of recommendation particular to the student's Mitchell application. Letters should be written to the attention of the "Mitchell Scholarship Selection Committee" and must not exceed 750 words. In addition, at least 2 of the letters must be from those you have done academic work with at the university level. Letters should be sent directly to us (via email attachment is fine). Do not provide the email addresses of your recommendation writers on your online application at this time, as they must not submit their letters on the Mitchell application site.
- A printout of your complete Mitchell Scholarship application (including application form and personal statement, but no photos or copies of your birth certificate are needed at this time). Do not submit the application online at this time, as you will be unable to make any changes after doing so.
Endorsed Applicant Deadline
September 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Those students who have been endorsed need to submit their application online (with any revisions) and ensure that letter of recommendation writers submit their letters online by this deadline. In addition, an applicant must upload online (in PDF format only!) the following by this date: a copy of your birth certificate or passport, a passport-size photo, your scanned signature, and official transcripts from all colleges (including community colleges where you may have only taken 1 course and study abroad transcripts, unless both the grades and credits of all courses appear on your Illinois transcripts).
Once letter of recommendation writers hear from us that a candidate has been endorsed, they are asked to submit their letters (with any updates) directly to the U.S.-Ireland Alliance online. The letters of recommendation should be specifically tailored toward your application as a Mitchell Scholar and must be submitted online prior to the endorsed applicant deadline. Letters should be written to the attention of the "Mitchell Scholarship Selection Committee." We would appreciate access to your application and a copy of all final materials (including letters) prior to submission.
The Final Stages
We submit an official online University Endorsement Letter of up to 750 words to the U.S.-Ireland Alliance by September 30. Shortly thereafter, all endorsed applicants will receive instructions to complete a short video interview in which you will be asked three questions and given 30 seconds to compose your thoughts before providing your answers. Applicants will have a couple of days to complete the interview. A semifinalist interview may or may not be conducted via Skype, but in any case, short-listed candidates will participate in a finalist interview November 19 to 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Finalists will be required to bring a hard copy of all official transcripts, the birth certificate or passport, and the passport-size photo with their signature on the back. We will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. The final selection will be announced the day after the interviews.
General Application Tips
Students should have multiple universities in mind, as the Mitchell Scholarship may send no more than 2 scholars to any one institution. Applicants are encouraged to contact their choice departments or potential mentors in Ireland. The Selection Committee is looking for students who have made an impact—those who are difference-makers and engaged.
At least 2 of your letters of recommendation need to be written by people from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction. Please do not have your letter of recommendation writers submit their letters online until after you are endorsed as a candidate. Read our advice on writing letters of recommendation.
Mitchell Website and Application
For official information on the Mitchell Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit their website.