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IU Project GO

Since 2007, over 200 cadets and midshipmen from more than 100 different ROTC programs have participated in IU Project GO and completed an academic year of language study in a summer.

Who is Eligible?

  • Any current ROTC student on track to commission (Must be in good standing with ROTC, AFROTC, or NROTC for duration of participation)
  • All services — Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines
  • Any year of undergraduate study
  • New and continuing language students
  • Contracted or non-contracted
  • Spring 2014 graduates/commissionees (domestic study only)

Domestic Scholarships

Scholarships cover the full cost of participation in the Summer Language Workshop, including:

Scholarship Languages: Arabic, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, Uzbek

Funding is available for 8- or 9-weeks of domestic study in all levels of Arabic, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Contact Mitchell Farmer, IU Project GO Coordinator, at 812-855-6721 or via email for more information.

Study Abroad Scholarships

IU cadets and IU Project GO alumni (who successfully complete all program and scholarship requirements) are eligible to apply for full or partial study abroad funding from IU Project GO to attend approved language intensive programs through the IU Swahili or Turkish Flagships, other Project GO schools, or a program selected in consultation with IU Project GO staff. All programs must be at least 8 weeks in length.

Contact Mitchell Farmer, IU Project GO Coordinator, at 812-855-6721 or via email for more information.

Application Process

The priority application deadline has passed. IU Project GO is currently maintaining a waitlist. Application reviews will resume if additional funding becomes available.


Students interested in applying for summer domestic study through IU Project GO should:

  1. Complete the Workshop application
    • Check the box indicating that you are an ROTC student.
  2. Mail official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended to the address below.
    • Current or previous IU students do not need to submit IU transcripts.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a member of your unit’s cadre.

  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (preferably one familiar with your language abilities).

Letters of recommendation can be emailed or mailed to:

Indiana University Project GO
Attn: Mitchell Farmer
Summer Language Workshop
1217 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401-3703

IU Project GO is funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and is administered through the Institute for International Education. All terms and conditions related to domestic and study abroad scholarships will be outlined in a formal scholarship offer letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project GO?

Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students. The US military needs future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment.

Project GO is funded by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Federal funds pass from DLNSEO to the Institute of International Education, which administers the Project GO institutional grants. On behalf of the federal government, IIE has awarded a Project GO grant to Indiana University.

Who is eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship?

Eligible for domestic and/or study abroad

  • US Citizen
  • AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC (including Marine Option) student from any university or college in the US
  • Any year and major of undergraduate study
  • Any level of language proficiency (zero to advanced)
  • Contracted or non-contracted
  • On track to commission
  • Available during program dates
  • The following ROTC students are eligible for domestic programs only (CONUS): drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve; newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty; commissioned officers serving and enrolled as full time students
  • Other eligibility requirements may apply and situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis (for eligibility questions, please use the "Contact Us" function at the top of the page

Who is not eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship?

Not Eligible for Project GO

  • Active duty military (not participating in ROTC)
  • Non-ROTC students

What are the benefits of doing a Project GO summer study at Indiana University?

There are many benefits to participate in Project GO language programs, including:

  • Earn an entire academic year worth of (transferable) IU credits in one summer
  • Learn a new language or improve proficiency
  • Gain access to funding for study abroad
  • Qualify for language incentive pay (consult your service language policies)
  • Access unique career & leadership opportunities – particularly through the Strategic Languages and Cultures Program
  • No additional service commitment

What languages are considered "critical?"

The U.S. Government has designated some languages as "critical" because the national need for trained speakers in those languages exceeds the number of available speakers. These languages are also critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Nationally, Project GO supports programs & students of the following critical languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hausa, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Pashto, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof.

In 2014, the Summer Language Workshop and IU Project GO will offer scholarships for Arabic, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek

Would participation in Project GO extend my service commitment?

No, participation in summer language program on a Project GO scholarship does not require any additional service commitments nor will it adversely affect your ROTC scholarship in any way.

Is Project GO part of CULP (Army) or PDT (Air Force)?

No, Project GO is not associated with CULP or PDT programs. Project GO funded summer studies can be done in addition to other summer service-specific training and deployments.

Are there other options for funding study abroad during the semester?

Yes, ROTC students are eligible to apply for The Boren Awards for International Study. Please visit http://www.borenawards.org for more information.