A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards

A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards

Advancing global social mobility through transnational research and teaching

We celebrate the power of human connections through the annual A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards that reflect our commitment to promoting collaborative research and teaching between scholars in two or more countries.

2021 award nominations open 1 August 2021 and close 30 September 2021.

Call for Nominations

The Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR) Scholars Network is committed to promoting transnational research, or collaborative research between scholars of two or more countries (e.g., joint publications, research partnerships, etc.) that impacts humanity positively beyond national borders. The Global Connections Awards recognize scholars for their achievements and distinctive contributions to transnational research that demonstrates the very best of scholarly collaboration among scholars around the world. In December 2021, the STAR Scholars Network will provide awards in four categories:


North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement

The North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement is the Star Scholars Network’s premiere acknowledgement of outstanding achievement and success in transnational research. The medal honors a senior scholar whose life-long service, leadership and contributions serve as a guiding “North Star” for scholarly collaboration in research.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Candidates must demonstrate a history of educational leadership that spans a minimum of 15 years, as evidenced in teaching, research, and mentorship.
  • Candidates must have an extensive record of publications that exemplify a long-standing commitment to fostering transnational research connections among scholars around the world.
  • Candidates must have scholarly records that demonstrate a profound impact in advancing a more humane world.

Shining Star Achievement in Research Award

Each year, the Star Scholars Network celebrates up to two (2) exemplary achievements in transnational research. The Shining Star Achievement in Research Award recognizes influential scholarly contributions in any discipline or language, whether they be in the form of scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, or other expressions of scholarly collaboration. This award recognizes an exemplary publication, not an individual or individuals.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The scholarly achievement in transnational research must have been made after July in the year proceeding recognition. (Note: For the 2021 cycle, only publications or scholarly contributions dated July 2020 or after will be considered.)
  • The award recognizes the primary author(s), editor(s) or related primary contributor(s).

Rising Star Emerging Scholar Certificate

Each year, the STAR Scholars Network recognizes up to two (2) emerging scholars who have shown significant promise and commitment to transnational research. One award will recognize an emerging scholar (post-terminal degree completion) in any field that has distinguished themselves as a rising leader in advancing transnational research. The other award will recognize a current graduate student who has demonstrated significant promise to advancing transnational research through publications, leadership, or other relevant contributions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Candidates must be less than 5 years beyond completion of their terminal degree.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated scholarly promise and a commitment to transnational research, as evidenced in teaching, research, and/or mentorship.

Star Humanitarian Award in Global Health

A new award in 2021, the STAR Humanitarian Award in Global Health recognizes a scholar whose work is fundamental to combating the devastating societal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nations across the globe. The STAR Scholars Network recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the utility and application of their scholarly work in combating the pandemic and reducing its adverse consequences. The recipient’s scholarly work must demonstrate potential for global reach in terms of its applicability to the betterment of the human condition.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Candidate’s scholarly work must have transnational application in combating COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Candidate’s scholarly work must have potential to benefit humanity in multiple regions of the globe.


Nominators must be members of the Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR). All members are invited to submit nominations (in English). Self-nominations are also welcome; however, membership in our society is required. Candidates may represent any discipline or language of publication but must demonstrate a scholarly commitment to advancing transnational research.

For 2021, the STAR Scholars Network is especially eager to receive nominations for those whose work focuses on combatting the public health and societal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All nominations must include the following:

  • Nominator information (i.e., name, email, phone number, title, affiliation)
  • Candidate(s) information (i.e., name, email, phone number, title, affiliation)
  • Indication of specific award category
  • A brief candidate profile (< 150 words) to be used in promotional material if selected.
  • A brief description (< 500 words) of the candidate’s contribution to transnational research and why they should receive the specific Global Connections Award.
  • Although not required, nominations may include up to five attachments. Suggested attachments include, for example: the candidate’s curriculum vitae, letters of nomination, an example of the candidate’s scholarly contributions, or any other supporting documentation that can demonstrate a commitment to transnational research.

Special Considerations:

  • Nominations for the North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement must include a statement highlighting the candidate’s career and contribution to transnational research.
  • Nominations for the Shining Star Achievement in Research must include a PDF or image of the noted achievement in transnational research.
  • Nominations for the Humanitarian Award in Global Health must include a statement (< 250 words) describing the nominee’s contribution to combating COVID-19 globally or in multiple regions of the globe.


The STAR Scholars Network appoints an annual Awards Selection Committee each year that oversees the award categories, nominating procedures, submissions criteria, and award selection.  Awards will be announced at the 2021 Annual Conference.

The 2021 Selection Committee is chaired by Dr. Anthony C. Ogden, Vice President of International Learning and Engagement for the STAR Scholars Network and Managing Director, Gateway International Group. Other members include:

  • Dr. Krishna Bista, Morgan State University (USA)
  • Dr. Jasper Kun-Ting Hsieh, University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • Dr. Yao-Tai Li, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong)
  • Ms. Maria Pilar Lorenzo, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Dr. Raphael Pangalangan, O. P. Jindal Global University (India)
  • Dr. Gopal Sankaran, West Chester University (USA)
  • Dr. Bach Tran, Hanoi Medical University (Vietnam)
  • Dr. Ly Tran, Deakin University (Australia)


The 2021 Global Connections Awards cycle will open on 1 August 2021. Nominations are due by 30 September 2021 by 5:00pm Eastern Time (New York). Only complete applications will be considered. Applications and attachments must be submitted online via the form below.


Questions regarding the content of this brief report should be directed to Dr. Anthony C. Ogden, aogden@gatewayinternational.org

Technical questions about the submission system may be directed to starscholar.network@gmail.com.