Completing the Mitchell Scholarship Application
All application materials must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 1, 2014. All information and supporting documents including recommendations and institutional endorsements must be submitted through the online application on our website.
The applicant is solely responsible for ensuring all necessary materials are received and for submitting his or her application on time, including the receipt of recommendations. For full-time undergraduate students, your campus deadline for an institutional endorsement will be earlier than the Mitchell Scholarship application deadline, and in some cases, may be much earlier. Please seek out the campus fellowship advisor for these details before starting the application process. Graduate students, part-time students, and non-students do not submit insitutional endorsements.
Once your application has been received and certified as complete after the initial deadline, you will receive information about the required video interview. You will have approximately 48 hours to submit the video interview. The video portion of the application must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 4, 2014.
The video interview is simply another way for us to get to know candidates better. Mitchell Scholars will represent their schools, their country, and our organization when in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We want to see how well candidates express themselves in a spontaneous manner. There are no right or wrong answers. We expect that candidates will respect the integrity of this process by not sharing the questions with others.
To complete the video interview you must have a good internet connection, a quiet place in which to record the interview, and a computer equipped with a webcam and microphone. The interview will take less than 10 minutes. You will have the opportunity to do practice interviews. Once you start the real interview, you will not be able to pause or take a break. You will see three questions written in text on your screen, and you will respond orally to them in the time allotted. Your responses will be recorded.
Materials Needed to Complete the Application
Materials you will need to complete the Mitchell Scholarship application:
- Passport-style photo (PDF)
- All transcripts scanned into a single PDF (please block out your Social Security number if visible). This should include any undergraduate and graduate work you have completed. You may upload unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at the finalist stage in November.
- Personal statement (1,000 words maximum – most applicants find it helpful to write this in advance). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion, and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work.
- A scan of your signature (PDF)
Information Needed to Complete the Application
- Contact information for 4 Recommenders including email, mailing address and phone number.
- Contact information for Institutional Endorser (for full time undergraduate students only)
- Complete mailing address of your university
- University choices and field of study options - We recommend that you choose at least three programs at three different universities, and you may list as many as five. Choosing fewer than three can weaken your candidacy. When you evaluate programs, remember that the Mitchell Scholarship Program provides funding for one year only and there is no provision for a second year.
- Information about your awards, achievements, community service, etc.
The Mitchell Scholarship Program will ask applicants selected as finalists to provide:
- Proof of US Citizenship – See a list of acceptable documents to prove U.S. Citizenship: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/22-1155.pdf
- Official copies of all transcripts in a sealed envelope or through a secure electronic system directly from the applicant's registrar.
New Requirements for The Personal Statement
In light of our own experience with application essays over the years, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program has decided to join the Rhodes in instituting modifications to our application process effective for the 2014 competition. To prevent confusion and to avoid further changes to university practices, our signature requirements will use the exact same language as that of the Rhodes.
The Sonru video component of our application was the first change we made so that we may compare the person on the paper to the person before us. We have found the video a very important component of our process and believe the attestation clause will further our efforts.
The Mitchell Scholarship Program agrees with the essay guidelines released by The Rhodes Trust in March 2014. We do not, however, require that a completely different essay be written for the Mitchell. A candidate may re-use the portion of his or her essay that makes sense for the Mitchell application, as long as it meets the requirements of our attestation clause. An essay for the Mitchell application should address why the candidate wants to be a Mitchell Scholar and why studying in Ireland or Northern Ireland make sense for his or her goals.
Accordingly, effective for the Mitchell Scholarship competition beginning in March 2014 to select the 2016 Mitchell class, we are modifying our procedures to include an attestation clause as follows:
1) We will ask all applicants to check a box at the conclusion of the essay that attests to the following statement:
“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.”
Checking the box is equivalent to an e-signature. The applicant will not be able to submit the application unless the applicant checks the box.
2) We will ask that institutional endorsement letters explicitly include the following statement:
"I am knowledgeable regarding the institutional practices of [name of institution] in connection with applications for the Mitchell Scholarship. To the best of my knowledge and belief, [name of institution] has provided no editorial review of the applicant's [or applicant's name] essay."
Technical Difficulties: Tips on How To Resolve
Please share these tips with your recommenders and institutional endorsers. Also, we strongly recommend that you ask your letter writers to get their documents in early. Every year, people are disqualified when one letter is not submitted by the deadline. The deadline is exactly October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm EST. No exceptions.
The application will only accept PDF uploads. If you are receiving an error in uploading your transcript, signature or photo, you may be using the wrong file type. Please ensure you are uploading a PDF document (and not a graphic .jpeg file). We also recommend uploading your transcript early in the process. When everyone tries to upload these large files on the last day, the system slows down and some people do not finish before the deadline.
Pasting in text fields:
There is no special formatting allowed in the long text fields (essays and recommendations). Any centered, bold text or other formatting will be stripped out. This is to ensure that all applicants are evaluated on the same basis. If typing directly into the field, save often as the web browser will time out every 20 minutes.
If you are having difficulty pasting in your text, we recommend trying a different browser or contacting the IT department at your university. Make sure you are using a laptop or desktop, and not a mobile device. Please make every effort to resolve technical difficulties on your own before contacting us.