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IU Project GO

Since 2007, more than 300 cadets and midshipmen from more than 100 different ROTC programs have participated in IU Project GO.

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. US citizenship required.)
  • All services — Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines
  • Any year of undergraduate study
  • New and continuing language students
  • Contracted or non-contracted
  • Spring 2017 graduates/commissionees

Scholarship Details

Funding is available for 8- or 9-weeks of domestic study in all levels of Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. In 2017, approximately 38 scholarships are available across all eligible languages.

Contact the IU Project GO Coordinator, Amy Richardson, at 812-855-6721 or for more information.

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

Application Process

The application for summer 2017 will open in October.

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

  1. Complete the Project GO Workshop application
    • Applicants need only complete the Project GO-specific application form.
  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. Have a member of your unit’s cadre submit a letter of recommendation (to us, not you). This letter should:
    • Affirm that the student is on track to commission and is otherwise eligible to participate.
    • Describe leadership skills with reference to abilities demonstrated in lab or other areas.
    • Describe potential to fulfill the goals of this program.
    • Provide additional comments on the quality of the applicant.
  4. Have a faculty member (preferably one familiar with any language abilities) submit a letter of recommendation (to us, not you).

Letters of recommendation can be emailed or mailed to:

Indiana University Project GO
Attn: Amy Richardson, Coordinator
Indiana University
355 North Jordan Avenue
Global and International Studies Building, Rm 2054
Bloomington, IN 47405

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 the 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, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek.

In 2016, the Summer Language Workshop and IU Project GO will offer scholarships for Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian (Levels 1-7), and Turkish.

Students interested in languages not offered through IU Project GO should consider other Project GO programs.

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.

Does IU Project GO offer funding for study abroad?

No, IU Project GO does not offer funding for study abroad. To find a Project GO program that does offer study abroad, please visit for more information.

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 for more information.