The George J. Mitchell Scholarships are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. These scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree before beginning study under a Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Students in any discipline are eligible.
  • Applicants must have persuasive, documented evidence of achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and community service.

How to apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Applicants must research specific proposed graduate programs at universities in Ireland or Northern Ireland before applying.
  • Applicants must submit the completed online application (which includes a personal essay that describes their specific field of interest and justification for their proposed study in Ireland or Northern Ireland and an activities/achievements statement), evidence of U.S. citizenship, passport-sized photos, and transcripts.
  • Five recommenders must submit their recommendations online.
  • Applicants who are full-time Ball State students must receive institutional endorsement through Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships.
  • Approximately one month after applications are due, selected applicants will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an interview.

Mitchell application guidance for Ball State students

  • Access an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students who apply for a Mitchell scholarship.  It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, and advice on getting strong letters of recommendation. 

  • You will need to enter your Ball State username and password to gain access.


  • Applications must be submitted by September 29, 2017.
  • The campus deadline is August 25, 2017. All materials must be submitted by this date to Barb Stedman in the Honors College.
  • The pre-application deadline for the 2018 competition is April 20, 2018.

Duration and amount

  • Mitchell Scholarships support one year of postgraduate study.
  • The scholarship provides tuition and housing along with international travel and a living expenses stipend.