George J. Mitchell Scholarships*

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: August 28, 2018 (noon)
Campus Interview: August 31, 2018
Bowdoin Final Deadline: September 26, 2018 (noon)
Web site:
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research

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Description. The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. 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 public service and community. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Benefits. Mitchell Scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.


Candidates for the Mitchell Scholarship Program must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be U.S. citizens
  • 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.
  • While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or
  • Applicants should be aware that the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is involved with the campus review process.  Students with serious social or academic violations, such as those that are included as part of their permanent record at Bowdoin, are advised to consult with the Director of Student Fellowships and Research early in the process.  Students may also consult with their dean for guidance.

Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. The Mitchell Scholars Program requires that Bowdoin students secure a formal institutional endorsement from the College. In order for the Committee to consider endorsing you, you must submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline.” The Committee will review these materials, and those students who are deemed competitive will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time. Based on the submitted materials and the interview, the Committee will decide which applicant(s) will receive Bowdoin’s endorsement.

  • Personal statement (some details provided under the "Final Application" tab; complete details can be found on the Mitchell Scholars Program website)
  • Unofficial academic history from Polaris.
  • Current resume
  • A listing of at least three specific proposed graduate programs at three different universities in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland
  • Signed and witnessed "Permission Form and Waiver"
  • Four letters of recommendation.  A recommender may either electronically submit his/her letter to Gina Pappas ( or give it to the student in a sealed envelope, in which case the student is responsible for delivering the unopened letter to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the "Initial Bowdoin Deadline".

(The above items can either be hand-delivered to Gina Pappas in 110 Moulton Union or electronically submitted as PDFs to

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.

Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s endorsement, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials. Endorsed candidates are strongly encouraged to use the online application system to register Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research, as their fellowship advisor. This will allow her to view, but not edit, your application before it is submitted to the Mitchell Scholarship office.

By the “Final Bowdoin Deadline” endorsed applicants must elctronically submit a complete, online Mitchell Scholarship application, including letters of recommendation and supporting documents (as described on the Mitchell Scholarship website).  Once your application has been received and certified as complete by the Mitchell Foundation, you will receive information about the required video.  You will have approximately 48 hours to submit the video interview to the Foundation.

More about the Selection Process. Initially, a team of readers evaluates the application packets, based on the application, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and academic transcript[s]. Following evaluation by the readers, roughly thirty semi-finalists are selected and may be invited for semi-final interviews held in late October via Skype. Semi-finalists will be invited via email and assigned a fixed date and time for the interview. Approximately twenty finalists are then invited to Washington, DC for interviews with the selection committee the weekend before Thanksgiving.  All applicants who wish to become Mitchell Scholars must be present on both days. Travel and accommodations arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the finalists. 

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.