Campus Deadline: July 12.
(Applications received after this date will be accepted at the discretion of the Scholarship Resource Center.)
Official Mitchell Scholarship Website  


The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed 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 community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Eligibility requirements

  • a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline.
  • at least 18, but not yet 30 years of age.
  • have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.

Selection criteria

There is no one thing the committee is looking for in a Mitchell Scholar. Successful applicants have documented evidence of significant achievement in:

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to community and public service
  • Successful candidates have come from a variety of large and small universities both public and private, as well as the workforce.

Application requirements

Current students must receive UCLA’s endorsement in order to apply. To be considered for institutional endorsement, applicants must submit the following to the Scholarship Resource Center at 233 Covel Commons by the UCLA campus deadline of July 12:

  • A copy of the Mitchell Scholarship application, including a personal statement. Please note that according to the rules of the Mitchell Scholarship, you may not receive feedback on your personal statement.
  • An annotated resume that details your research experience, honors, and awards. Click here  to learn how to prepare an annotated resume.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For the UCLA campus application, these may be unofficial transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • The names and affiliations of the additional two people from whom you will request recommendations if you are selected as a UCLA candidate for the Mitchell Scholarship.

Applications must be endorsed by UCLA before they can be submitted to the Mitchell Scholarship Program. In the endorsement process, the campus selection committee reviews application materials and selects UCLA’s nominees. Please note that the number of letters of recommendation, resume requirement, or essay topic may differ between campus application requirements and application requirements

For more information about the Mitchell scholarship, please visit the following sites: