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George G. Mitchell Scholarship

Important Deadlines

  • Preliminary Application: The Preliminary Application for British/Irish scholarships is now closed.
  • Internal Application: The internal application with all supporting materials (see details below) must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply (https://apply-pomonacdo.smapply.io/) by August 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Recommendations are also due on this date and must be emailed to Fellowships@pomona.edu.
  • National Deadline: The competition's national deadline is September 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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. By mid-July, ask your three recommenders for letters of recommendation. Recommenders should email their letters to Fellowships@pomona.edu no later than August 26, 2021.
  2. Create an account through the official Mitchell Scholarship site and work through the application, including writing a Personal Statement. 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 that includes your name and your ranking of your top 5 academic programs in Ireland.
  4. Create a single PDF with your cover sheet and your personal statement.
  5. By August 26 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, upload your cover sheet and statement to SurveyMonkey Apply and complete the other internal application components, which include a:
  • Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes – Internal Application Form
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume or CV

The Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes SurveyMonkey Apply site will go live August 5, 2021.

Advisors 2021-2022 

  • Malkiat Johal
  • Charles Katsiaficas
  • Richard McKirahan

Official Mitchell Scholarship Website