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Project Global Officer (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.

Project GO provides invaluable opportunities for ROTC cadets to engage in intensive language instruction and cultural immersion programs in the U.S. and overseas. It is the only source of funding available exclusively for Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC students to study critical languages in the U.S. during the summer, and is the most accessible and flexible source of funding for summer language study overseas. Project GO has awarded approximately 6,500 scholarships to ROTC students nationwide, and will run programs in 11 different languages and 14 countries in summer 2023. As an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education office, Project GO develops ROTC students’ regional knowledge and strengthens their intercultural communication skills, preparing them to be effective military officers in the future.

To learn more about the Project GO program and to register for the next informational webinar for ROTC students interested in applying to Project GO, please visit 

A short video highlighting the program’s impact on current military officers can be found here:

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In order to be eligible, at the time of application, an applicant must be:
-A U.S. citizen.
-An undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through WSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), contracted or non-contracted.

Overseas Participants
In order to be eligible to participate in a Project GO overseas program, for the duration of the program successful applicants must:
-Remain in ROTC for the duration of the program.
-Not be commissioned officers.
-Be in an inactive, non-drilling status.
-Not be employed by the U.S. federal government or any foreign government.

Domestic Participants
The following categories of applicants are eligible for domestic programs only:
-Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty (limited to officers commissioned in May and interested in summer domestic programs).
-ROTC students who are drilling members of the National Guard or Reserves.
-Army Green to Gold members.

Not Eligible for Project GO
-Non-U.S. citizens
-Federal government employees

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of merit. Review panels will consider the following criteria:
-Academic merit
-Language experience
-Cultural sensitivity
-Commitment to Project GO mission