George Mitchell Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-August

The Mitchell Scholarship Program selects exceptional undergraduates for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Eligibility: Seniors or recent graduates; U.S. citizens between the age of 18 and 30; must be interested in graduate-level studies in Ireland.

Award amount: $11,000 plus tuition and room

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants who are currently enrolled. No campus nomination requirement if applying after graduation..

UCSB campus application information

Class Level: 

  • Senior

Scholarship Deadline: 

August 22, 2019

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

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. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.  Applicants are judged primarily on their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service.

The Mitchell Scholarship requires students to be endorsed by their campuses.  UCSB students should send an email indicating their interest in the Mitchell Scholarship to, and they will be contacted by our office, which coordinates the campus nomination process for all UCSB undergraduates, regardless of their colleges. Our office works closely with students as they prepare their applications; therefore, students should arrange to consult well in advance of the application deadline. Students should also consult with professors in their area of interest while preparing the Mitchell application.  The Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) staff will be available throughout the summer to help you with the preparation of your personal statement.  Go to the Mitchell Scholarship Website for details on the application process, eligibility requirements, and graduate study in Ireland.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 September 30th are not eligible).
  • Senior standing or already graduated; applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.

Campus Procedure:

Campus Application Deadline for 2019 (FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED ONLY): August 22, 2019, 4:00 PM

Students who have already graduated from UCSB at the time of application do not participate in campus selection and may apply directly to Mitchell by the national deadline on their website.

Currently enrolled students at UCSB must complete all of the following by the above campus deadline to be considered for campus nomination:

  1. The online application, including upload of all supporting materials and unofficial transcripts from all the colleges you have attended (including UCSB).  NOTE: DO NOT “submit” the application for national review until getting the go ahead by the UCSB scholarship coordinator.  The application does not need to be "submitted" for the campus deadline.
  2. Four letters of recommendation submitted on-line by your recommenders.  These must be submitted by the campus deadline or the application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for nomination.
  3. Designation of Associate Dean Xiaojian Zhao as the Fellowship Advisor in the Education section of the online application, by either A) listing the exact E-mail address, or B) using the "Search" link, selecting California, and entering the text "UC Santa Barbara".

Note that our office can not provide any direct editorial review on your personal essay, per the Mitchell Scholarship rules, and that you will be asked in the application to attest that you have not sought such input.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at