Cornell University

Mitchell Scholarship

Cornell endorsement is required.

Campus Application Deadline: August 13, 2019

Special note:  Change to personal statement attestation: Effective 2014 each Mitchell Scholarship applicant must attest in writing that his or her personal statement is wholly truthful and has not been reviewed by anyone (including but not limited to scholarship advisors, faculty members, former and current Mitchell Scholars, writing center staff, family members, friends, and on-line services). In its institutional endorsement Cornell University must likewise attest to this. Cornell takes this responsibility seriously and will endorse only those applications it is confident meet that criterion.


The George J. Mitchell Scholarship supports one year of graduate study in any field at one of the eleven institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland. This includes the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, two institutes in Dublin, and two universities in Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast and the Ulster University). Up to 12 Scholars are selected each year.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens under the age of 30 with at least a B.A. or B.S. who have a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, extracurricular activity, and service to others.


Applicants first submit their materials to a campus committee for review in August. The Cornell Endorsement Committee interviews all applicants and chooses nominees to the national competition. Applications must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Selection decisions (both on campus and at the national level) are based on the criteria below.

  • High academic Achievement

  • Personal Statement: An essay of 1,000 words or less should give the committee a clear sense of who you are, how your interests have developed, and why study in Ireland fits into your future plans. Both you and the Fellowship Coordinator will be asked to attest that you have received no assistance in writing the statement.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Four letters are required. Choose your recommenders carefully and in consultation with the Fellowship Coordinator. Each letter should offer a piece of information about your candidacy unavailable from other recommenders. Two of the letters must be from professors with whom you have done academic work. Do not choose someone who does not know you well but has a "big name."

For more information and to complete an online application visit the US-Ireland Alliance website.


Beth Fiori, Fellowship Coordinator
103 Barnes Hall