Project GO

The Defense Critical Language & Culture Program at the University of Montana is proud to offer the Project Global Officer (GO) scholarship to eligible ROTC Cadets. Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It is a nationwide program providing a study abroad experience training in critical languages, exclusively on the languages of Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, and African countries for ROTC Cadets. Eligibility is contingent upon contract status and fulfilling language pre-requisites. The ROTC Cadet must be in either a contracted status or will become contracted before graduation.

Cadet Vladimer Kellachow III Iris Bulls Burton ROTC Fellowship Recipient


CDT Kellachow III received the Iris Burton Bulls ROTC Fellowship award after attending the 2022 Korean Project Global Officer program with University of Montana. He will have the opportunity to visit Washington, DC this summer to attend a national security seminar and talk to DoD senior leadership, Service Senior Language Authorities, and members of military language communities. Project Global Officer program is a language and culture study abroad program for ROTC cadets/midshipmen from all services. We are very proud that our PGO alumni got selected for the award and we hope more and more cadets/midshipmen will take advantage of this opportunity and become a future global officer in the military service.

The University of Montana offers:

  • Spring Program (Online): ROTC students spend the semester learning the target language and culture of the region. The course will be delivered through video teleconference software: ZoomGov, allowing students to have face-to-face interaction with instructors while studying from their current location.
  • Summer Program (Domestic/Abroad Combined): Our summer programs consist of a domestic and study abroad program, placing a high emphasis on fluency in the language and cultural understanding.
  • Project GO - Arabic Summer Program
  • Project GO - China Summer Program
  • Project GO - Korea Summer Program

What does the Project GO scholarships include?

  • Tuition and academic fees
  • Housing for domestic and study abroad session
  • Meal allowance
  • Travel expenses 
  • Textbooks
  • Visa application fees

Who is eligible for the Project GO scholarship program?

  • U.S. Citizens
  • 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 students on track to commission through ROTC from any university or college in the U.S. Participants do not need to be University of Montana ROTC students/cadets.
  • Project GO scholarship recipients must be members of the ROTC and remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete
  • The applicant may not be employed, including unpaid internships, by the U.S. Federal Government or any foreign government while receiving Project GO funding

What are the selection criteria? 

  • Academic merit
  • Language experience
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Project GO goals
  • Diversity 

How do I apply?

  • Spring Program: Apply for 2024 Program - Spring Application
  • Summer Program: Apply for 2024 Program - Summer Application
  • Applications are due by:

    • Spring Program Application Deadline: December 8, 2023
    • Summer Program Application Deadline: January 18, 2024
  • Project GO participants may be eligible for language training incentive pay. Please contact your ROTC unit for more details.
  • There are a limited number of available openings, thus we encourage you to apply early.
  • If you have any questions regarding the programs or application process, please contact the respective program coordinator.

See what our past Project GO graduates experienced overseas!

  • Project GO - China, Summer
  • Project GO - Korea, Summer
  • "I will always consider the city of Seoul as a second home because of the beautiful memories I made there and all of the people I was able to meet. My time in Korea also solidified the peninsula's importance in my mind as a key pillar of American foreign policy in East Asia. I am thankful for the opportunity to play my small role in maintaining the strong diplomatic and military relationship between the United States and Republic of Korea as an ROTC student and Boren Scholar..." - quote from My Year in Seoul by Hoang Nguyen, a former participant of Project GO Korean Program, Navy ROTC Midshipman, University of Maryland. Read the full story here.