|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||August 30, 2012 (noon)|
|Campus Interview:||September 3 or 4, 2012|
|Bowdoin Final Deadline:||September 27, 2012 (noon)
|Campus Contact:||Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research|
* Information derived from www.us-irelandalliance.org
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: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community.
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.
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.
(The five above items can either either be hand-delivered to Emily Briley in 113 Kanbar Hall or electronically submitted as PDFs to email@example.com.)
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, which includes:
More about the Selection Process. Initially, a team of Readers evaluates the applications, based on the material available to them, including 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 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. Final interviews will be held Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 November 2012. All applicants who wish to become Mitchell Scholars must be present on both days. Travel and accommodations arrangements are made by the Mitchell Scholars program at no cost to the finalist.
Please note that applicants are responsible for all photocopying needed for the internal selection process and as required by the foundation.