Northeastern Deadline: 08/22/2016

Fellowship Deadline: 09/30/2016

Award Details

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships were created in 1998 in honor of the former U.S. Senator and his pivotal role in the Northern Island peace process. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide future American leaders with an understanding of the island from which more than 44 million Americans claim descent. Students selected as Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning, including the seven universities of Ireland and the two universities of Northern Ireland, for one year of graduate study. Most Mitchell Scholars are in one-year masters programs. While there are no restrictions as to field of study, the proposed course of study must be available at the applicant's preferred university. The award covers tuition and housing and includes a stipend of $12,000, plus cost of travel in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older but not yet 30
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.
  • While married applicants are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of a married applicant’s spouse or dependent. It is important to note that spouses who are non-EU citizens are required to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • Must be nominated by Northeastern University.

Selection Criteria

Mitchell Scholars must have a record of intellectual distinction, leadership and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics that indicate a potential for future leadership and significant contributions to society. Previous study or personal experience in Ireland or Northern Island is not normally a factor in selection.

Application Procedures

The application consists of:

  • Complete application form as found on the Mitchell online application site. 
  • The 1,000 word personal essay
  • A transcript
  • Four letters of recommendation   Please have letters addressed to Dr. Iacono, Director, Office of Fellowships.

No one should submit their application through the Mitchell online application system prior to Northeastern’s internal review. Submit your application for internal review through the Fellowship Portal:

All sections must be completed before the applicant can submit the application. The Mitchell Scholarship program only accepts online applications. No printed copies of the application, including letters of recommendation, will be accepted.

Prospective applicants are strongly urged to begin preparing their applications at least three months in advance of the annual October deadline. Candidates apply directly to the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. However, all applicants must receive the formal endorsement of their undergraduate institutions.

In addition to the standard application form, candidates must prepare and submit a 1,000-word essay describing their interests and goals, and their reasons for wishing to undertake a specific course of study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must also provide a summary of their college activities. Four letters of recommendation are required, two of which must be from . A preliminary elimination is made on the basis of credentials. A selection committee then determines which of the remaining candidates will be invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews and final selection.

Award Benefits

These scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Dollar value: The scholarship is non-renewable and covers tuition, room and board and provides a $12,000 stipend to finance other necessary expenses throughout the term of study. The award is for twelve months and can be used toward a one-year MA program in any discipline.

On Campus Contact Information

Dr. Jonna Iacono
Director, Office of Fellowships
450 Dodge Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.373.3202