Membership Overview

Join us in mobilizing new generations of scholars working across borders .

We are funded much like public radio. Membership is about supporting our work, not access to it. We rely on the generous support of individual and institutional members to help us support the upward academic mobility of over 15,000 scholars and students working across borders worldwide.

You can support our efforts with a range of affordable membership options. We have expenses to cover, but we believe money should never be the reason why someone cannot participate in our association. If you want to become a member but truly cannot afford it, you may request a free membership. 

STAR Scholars Network is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of Maryland (US). 

Why your membership makes a difference !

Scholarship Programs

Support for the Millennium Scholars Program, a free program that provides emerging and early career scholars with the opportunity to build the network and knowledge needed to advance their academic careers.

Open Access

Support for the open access mission of Open Journals in Education (OJED) and Book Series, so our journals remain free to publish, free to access, free to read for all forever for libraries around the world to provide access and increase impact.

Cross-Border Programs

Support for cross-border programs and online events that provide actionable teaching tools, research-based insights, and peer-to-peer connections across national, generational, and disciplinary borders.

Your membership also supports full membership benefits for scholars and graduate students in less wealthy countries or universities who request free membership, so money is never a reason why someone cannot participate in our society.

What are benefits of membership?

Our members benefit from research-based insights, peer-to-peer connections, publication opportunities, and programming from our network of scholars and leaders around the world. Benefits include:

Free Registration

Free registration to attend or present at our Global Conference, and special member-only discounted registration rates to Regional Conferences and events hosted by our Country Directors.

Global Connections

Subscription our our biweekly Global Connections newsletter to be the first to learn about upcoming programs and publication opportunities, as well as actionable research-based insights.


Eligibility to apply for recognition as a Research Fellow based on a distinguished record of professional achievement and service as an ambassador for our society, including an online profile.

What does my membership support?


We immediately invest all membership contributions to support the work of our societyMember contributions equally support three major areas: scholarships and fellowship programs (33.3%), open access research and publication (33.3%), cross-border and regional events (33.3%). We have no administrative salaries since members of our leadership team are all employed at colleges and universities, and volunteer their time and contribute their vision, energy, and resources in leading our society.