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:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate 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
  • Not employed, including unpaid internships, by the U.S. Federal Government or any foreign government while receiving Project GO funding

NOT eligible:

  • Active duty
  • Marines Platoon Leaders Class
  • Navy Seamen to Admiral Program
  • Officer Candidate School
  • Military academies
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 Kiswahili)
  • vaccinations
  • miscellaneous personal travel expenses
Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for scholarship recipients include:

  • academic merit
  • leadership
  • cultural sensitivity
  • leadership
  • commitment to Project GO goals
  • 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 may be required to take post-program language assessments.

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