Texas Tech University

Mitchell Scholarships

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 year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship,
  • leadership, and
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service.

details obtained from the national The Mitchell Scholarship website


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 28 of the year of the application 
  • Have a bachelor's degree before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.

How to Apply

Submit Notice of Intent Please notify us of your intent to apply as soon as possible via email at pesa@ttu.edu in order to initiate the application process.  All applicants must be endorsed by their university in order to apply.  The NOI is the first step in alerting the PESA office that a student is seeking endorsement.  

Online Application Students must register online to access the application. TTU students must complete the online application and all application components including recommendation letters by the internal deadline of September 1. DO NOT use the submit button but instead list the fellowship advisor on your application to provide read-only access.

Application Components 

  • Online application including list of activities, honors and accomplishments
  • Personal statement (1,000 words maximum)
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • University transcripts (Unofficial transcripts will be acceptable.)
  • Passport-style photo (PDF)
  • A scan of your signature (PDF)
  • Institutional Endorsement

Internal Review for Endorsement An internal review committee will review applications and interview applicants after applicant submission. If endorsed, applicants will have an opportunity to revise application materials based on the feedback received from the committee.

Final Submission Final applications are due by the national deadline set by The Mitchell Scholarship. DO NOT use the submit button on the Mitchell application until this has been cleared with the PESA director. 

Recommended Resources

Institutions in Ireland

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Candidates

Application Process