Project GO

What is Project Go?

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers.

Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include the Senior Military Colleges.

In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships. 

Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC Headquarters, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts both among universities and ROTC leadership.



In order to be eligible, at the time of application, an applicant must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen.
  2. An undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through the Army, Naval, or Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), contracted or non-contracted, at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Marine Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) students are also eligible.


Overseas Participants

In order to be eligible to participate in a Project GO overseas program, for the duration of the program successful applicants must:

  1. Remain in ROTC for the duration of the program.
  2. Not be commissioned officers.
  3. Be in an inactive, non-drilling status.
  4. Not be employed by the U.S. federal government or any foreign government.


Domestic Participants

Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty, drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve, and Army Green to Gold members are eligible to participate in Project GO domestic programs only.


Not Eligible for Project GO

  1. Non-U.S. citizens
  2. Active duty military members (not participating in ROTC)
  3. Navy Seaman to Admiral Program members
  4. Officer Candidate School participants
  5. JROTC students
  6. Service academy students
  7. Federal government employees



Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of merit. Review panels will consider the following criteria:

  1.  Academic merit
  2.  Language experience
  3.  Cultural sensitivity
  4.  Leadership
  5.  Commitment to Project GO mission
  6.  Diversity

Since 2007, Project GO institutions have provided over 4,500 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study.

Project GO has strengthened university infrastructure in the critical languages and created venues for communication amongst ROTC leadership and university personnel.