The key to effective leadership is the ability to effectively communicate within a variety of contexts. Language skills create the foundation upon which all cross-cultural leadership is based. The Project GO Scholarship program at Texas A&M University is designed to develop skills in the critical languages of Arabic, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese, and these goals are supported by on-campus courses and study abroad programs.
The Project Global Officers (Project GO) scholarship program is an initiative of the US Department of Defense that is aimed at improving strategic language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa to provide ROTC students with international skills for effective leadership.
Full funding is offered for study abroad programs focused on intensive language study in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian and can be for summer, spring, or fall language immersion study.
Scholarship funds cover the cost of:
- Transportation to and from the study abroad location
- Field trips and excursions included in the academic program
- International health insurance
- Visa application fee
- Program tuition and fees
- Any required textbooks
Eligibility Criteria for domestic and/or study abroad
- Undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through AROTC, AFROTC, or NROTC
- US Citizen
- Any major of academic study
- Must have completed the first year of language study
- Program must be at least 8 weeks long
- Program must focus on strategic language study (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian)
Eligibility Criteria for domestic program only
- Drilling member of the National Guard or Reserve
- Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty
- Army Green to Gold members
Not Eligible for Project GO
- Active duty military (not participating in ROTC)
- Navy Seamen to Admiral Program
- Officer Candidate School
- Service academies
How to Apply
- Discuss the scholarship program and available program options with the Project GO coordinator in the Department of International Studies.
- Visit the Study Abroad Programs Office and talk to the study abroad advisor about the program dates and the courses you will attend for your study abroad program.
- Ask your ROTC Commander for a letter of recommendation.
- Ask your critical language instructor about a letter of recommendation.
- Write a Statement of purpose.
- Log on to the application website at:[waiting for updated link]
- Fill in the application and attach all necessary documents.
- Applicants must have a valid passport with six months validity from departure date or acquire one by March 1, 2018.
- For study abroad programs: 25 January, 2017
- For domestic programs: 20 February, 2017
For more information, please contact:
Robert Shandley, Department Head and Program Director for Project GO.
Phone: (979) 862-4442