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  • The Mitchell Scholarship is an opportunity for future leaders of America to complete a one-year postgraduate degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland, with up to 12 recipients chosen each year from the US.
  • The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.
  • Applicants are considered by academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service.
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar and must be at least 18 years old but not yet 30 years old by the date of the application deadline.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Applicants need only apply for the scholarship (not to a particular university).
  • The application opens in April, BYU deadlines start in August, and the foundation deadline is in late September.


If you plan to submit an application for the Mitchell Scholarship please note the deadlines listed on the Prestigious Scholarships Deadlines page. In your Mitchell application, be sure to select your fellowships advisor by inputting Brigham Young University as your institution on the fellowship advisor page. That will allow us to have read-only access of your application for committee review purposes. For this scholarship, you will submit three items to our BYU office electronically at by the BYU deadline listed on the calendar. These items are:

  • A written verification that your online Mitchell application is complete (except for letters of recommendation) and ready for the committee to review.
  • A picture of yourself (a headshot is preferable and will only be used for internal committee use)
  • An unofficial transcript (this can be a PDF file of your record summary found at > student academic record > record summary)
  • The list of those who will be writing your letters of recommendation and which specific letter each will be writing (academic or other) along with their email addresses and phone numbers. Note, however, that it is not necessary for these letters to be completed by the initial campus August deadline.
  • Three other references (individuals who are not writing your letters of recommendation) along with their email addresses and phone numbers. If BYU endorses your application, these references will be contacted with some questions about you that will help us write a more robust letter of endorsement from the university.

At the initial BYU deadline we expect a fairly polished application since your application materials will be reviewed by a university committee. That committee will decide if BYU will endorse your application. You will, however, have the chance to revise your application before your final submission to the foundation, in part based on committee recommendations. The committee may request a personal interview with you before a decision is reached. You will be informed of the committee’s decision by the date listed on the calendar.

A note on your Personal statement:
As part of the application process you will be required to affirm that your personal statement is your original work and that no one has assisted you in writing it. The application reads, in part, "I attest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful. Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application." Although the BYU Prestigious Scholarships Committee will review your application, it will not give feedback. Prestigious Scholarships does, however, offer workshops on writing effective personal statements, and we encourage you to participate in one or more of these workshops. If you have questions about your statement contact the office for clarification.