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UVa provides a limited number of scholarships for SLI appilcants. See below for details. Aside from these programs, UVa does not offer any additional scholarship support. Financial aid is only available for currently enrolled, degree seeking students. See Summer Session Financial Aid. For visiting students, it may be possible to apply for a FLAS through your home institution.  UVa graduate students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies in their department to inquire about the availability of GSAS funds for summer language study.

Note to students apply for financial aid through UVa: please be sure to request an early enrollment from the SLI office.

UVa Project Go

Project GO is funded by the Defense Language Office, working through the National Security Education Program. Federal funds pass from NSEP to the Institute of International Education, which administers the Project GO institutional grants. On behalf of the federal government, IIE has awarded Project GO grants to 20 U.S. institutions of higher learning, including the University of Virginia. Project GO funding is used to provide scholarships for ROTC cadets who wish to study one of the “critical languages” offered through the SLI.  A portion of the funds is also allocated to support the instructional costs of the SLI.

"Critical" languages offered through the SLI
Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.  (Persian, Swahili, and Korean are offered outside the Institute)

All ROTC students (Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines), contracted or not contracted, at any year of undergraduate study and enrolled in any US university are eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship.

Application Submission: Submit your Project GO application to Dr. Richard Cohen, Project GO Director, via email:,  by January 30th 2015. The two recommendations (language and academic) are due by January 30, 2015. Your recommenders should also email their form to Dr. Cohen.

An applicant must submit: 1. Application Form, 2. Statement of Purpose, 3. Transcript (need not be official), TWO recommendations by separate faculty are required: one Language Recommendation and one Academic Recommendation.

Scholarships will be announced by February 15, 2015.

To obtain more information:
Contact Richard Cohen: 434-924-3690. Additional information can also be found on the National Project Go website:

Summer FLAS for East Asian Language Study

UVa has a limited number of Summer FLAS awards which can be used to study Chinese or Tibetan through the SLI. The award includes payment of tuition and fees up to $5,000 and a stipend of $2,500. 

Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students (UVa and visiting) are eligible to apply.  Undergraduates must have intermediate language level status when the award begins.

For more information: The application is available on the grants page of the UVA East Asia Center website. Questions about the FLAS should be directed to Richard Cohen.