Mitchell Scholarships

Multiple Locations,
Term: Academic Year

One-year fellowships for postgraduate study in Ireland for exceptional American students

George J. Mitchell Scholarships aim to introduce future American leaders to the island of Ireland while recognizing and fostering their intellectual achievement, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Each Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, accommodation, a living stipend, and an international travel stipend. The program also sponsors cohort-building activities throughout the year.


Mitchell Scholarship candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens;
  • at least 18 years of age, but not yet 30, on September 27 of the year of the application;
  • recipients of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (not necessarily in the U.S.) before taking up the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship,
  • leadership, and
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service.

University nomination

Columbia University nominates undergraduates of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies for consideration each year. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship without first having been nominated by Columbia. Recent graduates who are in their first year of graduate study or not enrolled in any graduate program may apply directly to the Mitchell Scholarship.

Columbia students apply for nomination by clicking "Start Your Application" and completing all application materials before the internal deadline. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to by the internal deadline.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Senior, U.S. Citizen
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
Multiple Locations,
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 17, 2020
Internal deadline