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George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Campus Deadline for 2017 Application Cycle: April 18, 2016

This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a graduate degree at any university in Ireland. This fellowship is provided by the US-Ireland Alliance in honor of US Senator George Mitchell.

Undergraduate students must be endorsed by Texas A&M in order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. If you would like to be considered for endorsement, you must submit the following materials to natlfellows@tamu.edu by5:00 p.m. CT on Monday, April 18, 2016:
 
  1. Personal Statement Max. 1,000 words. You may not receive any assistance or revisions on your statement from anyone; the statement must be entirely your own work. As described by the US-Ireland Alliance, “The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work and that no one has assisted you with the personal statement in any way.” Please include the following acknowledgement after your statement: “I attest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it.  I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.” Read the full guidelines here.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume Max. 2 pages. Should include extracurricular activities; research (if applicable); awards/honors/scholarships; leadership, academic, or other achievements; community or public service; and employment and/or internships (if applicable).
  3. Texas A&M Transcript You may use the unofficial PDF available for download on Howdy. 
  4. 4-6 Letters of Recommendation You must obtain a minimum of 4 lettersIf you are a full-time student, your must have done academic work with at least 2 of your recommenders. If you have not been a full-time student in the past year, you must have done academic work with at least 1 recommender. The word limit for letters is 750 words. Your letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders, not by you. Please instruct your recommenders to submit your letters to natlfellows@tamu.edu by the same deadline, April 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Students can apply for:
Tuition, housing, a living stipend, and travel expenses (including roundtrip airfare) for one year of graduate study in Ireland.

Eligibility
Applicants must be US citizens at least 18 years of age and cannot turn 30 on or before Sept. 30, 2016. An applicant must complete a bachelor’s degree before the scholarship period begins.

You are a good fit for the Mitchell Scholarship if you:
  • Can articulate a compelling reason why studying in Ireland is important to your academic or career goals
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to leadership and to public or community service
 
Application
As part of the online application, students must submit:
  • A PDF of a passport-style photo
  • A single PDF of all your transcripts (may use unofficial transcripts)
  • A personal statement (max. 1,000 words) You may not receive any assistance in writing or revising your statement.
  • A PDF scan of your signature
  • 4 recommendation letters
  • At least 3 choices of universities and fields of study
  • Resume-style information about your activities, awards, service, etc.
 
More details about the application can be found here.

Timeline
  • Nomination deadline: All application materials must be submitted for internal review by Texas A&M’s selection committee by April 18, 2016.
  • Nomination committee meeting: week of May 16, 2016
    • Nominated students should continue refining their applications during the summer and September.
  • Final application deadline: September 30, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Semi-finalist Skype interviews: week of October 24, 2016
  • Finalist interview weekend: November 18 & 19, 2016
  • Selection announcement: November 20, 2016

Website
http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7C%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Campus Contact
Adelia Humme, National Fellowships coordinator: arhumme@tamu.edu

Additional Information
  • According to the official policy of the Mitchell Scholarship, no one other than the applicant may edit, review, or provide suggestions on the personal statement.
  • This fellowship cannot be used at a university in Northern Ireland.
  • Using the Mitchell Scholarship, you may pursue a degree in any field.
  • This scholarship cannot be deferred or renewed.
  • All applicants are required to complete a video interview after the application submission deadline. The interview lasts fewer than 10 minutes and is conducted electronically, not by a live person. Three written questions will appear on your screen, and you will respond orally. You will need a webcam and microphone for this interview.
  • Semifinalists will be interviewed again via Skype. Finalists will spend a weekend in Washington DC for a reception at the Embassy of Ireland and a final interview.