George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program 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. The award covers a year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
A candidate must:  
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 30 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on 1 October are not eligible).
  • 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.


Year of Application

Graduating seniors

Pre-Application Process
To be recommended as a CMU nominee and to advance in the competition, candidates much complete and submit the pre-application form to the National Scholarship Program.  See scholarship deadlines.


Application Process

The application requirements consist of a CMU nomination, pass port style photo, all college transcripts, personal statement, a scan of your signature and a Mitchell video interview.Process

Note that the Mitchell Scholarship competition rules indicate that an applicant may not get feedback or assistance on their competition essay. The applicant must state explicitly in the application that the essay is their own work and that they did not receive feedback or guidance to write the essay.​

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

CMU Contacts
  • Phame Camarena, Ph.D., - Director, University Honors and National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Maureen Harke - Coordinator, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902, harke1ma@cmich.ed
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