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George G. Mitchell Scholarship

Important Deadlines

Preliminary Application: Please complete the Preliminary Application for UK/Irish Fellowships [docx] and submit it by email to jennifer[dot]locke[at] no later than June 30, 2014.

Internal Application: Because of recent changes to the Mitchell Scholarship application procedure, we will not be looking at entire draft applications for the Mitchell this year. Instead, we will be asking you to submit a resume or CV (1-2 pages), a one-paragraph description of your proposed course of study at an Irish university, and 4 letters of recommendation by September 5, 2014. See details below.


Established in honor of former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, the goal of the Mitchell Scholarships is to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.

Programs Funded

The fellowship supports study for a one-year master's degree for up to twelve Mitchell Scholars each year in the institutions of higher learning in Ireland (seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and two universities in Northern Ireland) for one academic year. Awards include tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and support for round-trip airfare. An additional stipend supports local travel to explore Ireland and develop an understanding of relationships between the island and its European neighbors.


U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 who will have completed a Bachelor's degree before beginning their studies in Ireland may apply. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study except that the applicant's undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

Selection Criteria

Prospective Scholars must demonstrate a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society.  The small size and frequent activities of the Mitchell Scholars group in any given year means that potential to be an active and contributing member of the group, as well as the ability to flourish as perhaps the only Mitchell scholar at one's Irish university, is important. 

Application/Nomination Process

Internal Application

Please submit a 1-2 page resume or CV and a one-paragraph description of your proposed course of study at a university in Ireland to jennifer[dot]locke[at] by September 5, 2014. Please instruct your 4 letter writers to email their letters to Jennifer Locke as well (learn more about Letters of reference). Interviews will be held on campus in September. Pomona can endorse an unlimited number of candidates. Alumni applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Pomona, but institutional endorsement is required only for full-time students.

Note on Personal Statements

According to new Mitchell Scholarships policies, Mitchell application personal statements may not be reviewed by anyone other than the writer herself. Please do not show your personal statement to anyone; doing so could disqualify you from the competition.

Advisors 2013-2014

Arash Khazeni

Jordan Kirk

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