Important Deadlines

Spring 2017 British and Irish Scholarships Info Session

Purpose

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.

Eligibility

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

1. Log on to Fluid Review at https://pomonacollege2.fluidreview.com/r/, using your Single Sign-On ID and password. Start a Mitchell Scholarship application and register the names and email addresses of the recommenders who have agreed to write for you. Make sure you do this at least two weeks before the September 1st deadline so that your reviewers have plenty of time to write. Your recommenders will be asked to email their letters directly to us at jennifer.locke@pomona.edu.

2. Create an account through the official Mitchell Scholarship site and work through the application, including writing a Personal Statement. Please add Jennifer Locke as your advisor when you register. DO NOT request letters through this site or submit your application yet--we will ask you to do so only if you are nominated by the college in September.

3. Create a cover sheet for our committee that includes your name, the city and state of your permanent residence, and your ranking of your top 5 academic programs in Ireland.

4. Create a single PDF with your cover sheet, a 1-2 page resume, and your personal statement. This will be your internal Mitchell application.

5. Upload the PDF of your application to the Fluid Review Rhodes application that you started in Step 1. Submit your application through Fluid Review by 5pm on September 1, 2017.

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 2017-2018: 

  • Jordan Kirk
  • Samuel Yamashita

Official Mitchell Scholarship Website