Project GO is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The program provides full scholarships to students commissioning through Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC to study critical languages domestically and abroad.  The goal of Project GO is to develop future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st  century operational environment.


To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Contracted or non-contracted AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC student on track to commission through ROTC from any university or college in the U.S.
  • Members of the ROTC must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship; participants may not graduate until the scholarship is complete
  • In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of the program
  • Not employed, including unpaid internships, by the U.S. Federal Government or any foreign government 
  • Not commissioned officers


NOT eligible:

  • Non-U.S. citizens
  • Active duty military members (not participating in ROTC)
  • Navy Seamen to Admiral Program members
  • Officer Candidate School participants
  • Service academy students
  • JROTC students
  • Federal government employees
Scholarship Details

The Project GO scholarship will cover:

  • airfare
  • tuition
  • room & board
  • admission fees
  • program fees
  • visa
  • in-region travel expenses


Participants are responsible to pay for:

  • $500 deposit (refunded after successfully completing the program and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in Swahili)
  • vaccinations
  • miscellaneous personal travel expenses
Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for scholarship recipients include:

  • academic merit
  • leadership
  • cultural sensitivity
  • language experience
  • commitment to Project GO mission
  • diversity

Project GO participants must be available and commit to participate for the entire duration of the program. This is an 8-week and 12-credit hour overseas travel and study program.  Scholarship recipients will be required to take post-program language assessments.

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