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George J. Mitchell Scholarships


The Mitchell Scholarship recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. Administered by the US-Ireland Alliance, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, the Scholarship honors the pivotal role that former US Senator George J. Mitchell played in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell Scholarship links future American leaders to Ireland via a year of graduate study at an Irish university. Please note that study at Northern Ireland institutions will not be supported in the current fellowship cycle.

The Mitchell selection committees look for persuasive, documented evidence of significant achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and community service. All three areas are equally important. Membership or participation in many extracurricular activities is less convincing than demonstrating a significant, tangible impact in the candidate's community or school.

All Mitchell applicants should be aware of the Mitchell policy concerning the applicant's Personal Statement.  Applicants are prohibited from receiving any help with the content, writing, editing or review of the Mitchell Personal Statement and must sign an attestation that you have received no assistance.



To qualify, candidates must:

  • US Citizen
  • age 18 or over but not yet 30 on September 30, 2018
  • academic standing sufficient to assure completion of a Bachelor's degree before they begin study under the Mitchell Scholarship


 Application Process


Mitchell Scholarship applicants must be endorsed by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. The Committee will review all application materials and will interview each applicant to decide on endorsements. You will be informed of your status via email.

All materials must be sent to Fellowship Advising by email. You must register Jessica Smolin, Asst. Dean for Scholarship Advising, as both the Fellowship Advisor and Institutional Endorsement contact on your online application.  Once you do so, Dr. Smolin will have read-only access to your application. You MUST NOT SUBMIT your application until it has been finalized, as the Mitchell organization will not allow you to withdraw it for editing.



***Please download and print this checklist of procedures and deadlines.***


Preliminary Application

Please register your intention to apply for a Mitchell Scholarship by submitting the Scholarship & Fellowship Registration Web Form.

Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Fellowship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)

Applicants will provide the following to the Fellowship Advising office by the July 1, 2016 preliminary application deadline.  Your Personal Statement must be finalized and your application submitted by the September campus deadline.

  • Fellowship Advising Questionnaire (to be submitted online)
  • Do not submit the online application, but do complete it.  Dr. Smolin will have read-only access to it.  Please be aware that as with the Rhodes application, applicants are prohibited from obtaining any input on or review of their personal essay.
  • Four Recommendation Letters (3 academic and 1 other recommendation) DUE July 21
  • Academic Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have the transcript sent directly to
  • Transcripts (other institutions):  Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to:  Fellowship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755 or email (NOTE: If your Dartmouth transcript shows a "TR" for study abroad or other courses, you MUST have a separate transcript for those courses. This is true even if the program originated through Dartmouth).

These applications will be read by Fellowship Advising.


Letters of Recommendation - Due July 21

Four Recommendation Letters are required: Three academic or research and one other letter. For nomination the four recommendation letters should be sent to Fellowship Advising as a PDF or word document by email. Please provide your recommenders with the Guidelines for Writers of Letters of Recommendation when requesting a recommendation.

You should also provide them with any information about you that can help them formulate a strong recommendation, such as, information on the scholarship and what your study and research plans are, a copy of your CV, a paper your wrote for their class, research topics, future academic or career goals, etc.

On the application, you are required to list four recommenders with email addresses.  Once registered, your recommenders will automatically receive an email requesting online submission of their recommendation letter - with instructions included.  Candidates cannot eliminate a recommender once a reference has been submitted from that person.


Campus Deadline and Interviews

All application materials are due to Fellowship Advising by the Campus Deadline on September 1, 2017.

  • Complete revised online application. (DO NOT SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION).   Provide a PDF to Scholarship Advising, including the the Personal Essay.  You must finalize your Personal Statement, upload it to the Mitchell website, and make no further changes to it before your endorsement interview.  You are responsible for sending the following attestation to Fellowship Advising after you have uploaded your Personal Statement.
  • All recommendation letters
  • Transcript(s)

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place in mid-September.  The committee will read all application materials in advance of the interview.  If an applicant is off-campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype.

Final Application Submission

**Official Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage once fall term classes are finalized. Transcript should be sent directly to All nominees are responsible for uploading the official transcript PDF to the online application. 

  • Candidates who receive the endorsement of the Committee must submit the online by September 25, 2017 at 8:00am.
  • Nominees must upload all supplementary materials (for example, transcripts, photo, etc.) by September 25, 2017 at 8:00am.
  • All applicants will be contacted by the Mitchell Foundation to schedule a short Skype interview after application submission.
  • All nominees must save a PDF of the final online application for your files and email a copy to Fellowship Advising.
  • Fellowship Advising will upload your institutional endorsement by the deadline of of September 29 at 5:00, 2017.

**If invited to interview as a semi-finalist, you will be required to provide one electronic image file of birth certificate, passport, or other evidence of US citizenship.  Finalists will be required to provide original documents, along with a hard copy of the official transcript(s).


Mitchell Application Schedule


July 1, 2017

Preliminary Application Deadline

July 21, 2017

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

September 1, 2017

Campus Deadline

Mid-September 2017

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

September 25 at 8:00am, 2017

Deadline for Dartmouth's Endorsed Applicants to Submit Applications

September 29 @ 5:00pm, 2017

Official Mitchell Foundation Deadline

November 2017

Mock Interviews for Finalists

November 2017

Mitchell Finalist Interviews

January 2018

Mitchell Scholarship Awards Announced



Additional Information

George J. Mitchell Scholarship website

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 7/28/17