STAR Scholars Network was established to connect, support, and promote academic researchers across borders, helping them to advance knowledge for global social good. This training is designed to provide STAR members interested in taking leadership roles locally and transnationally with hands-on experience for exploring the organization’s overarching vision, as they flesh out their own professional development plans for the years ahead.
The program will help you to practically answer: How can I make my research, teaching, and community engagement work more socially driven, transnationally connected, academically rigorous, and ethically sound? Apply and join a global community of scholars to learn about, practice, and advance a values-driven mission of scholarship for yourself and for your community.
We run this training around March-April. Please add your name to the queue by using the application below and we’ll inform you’re selected in the weeks before the training.
After successfully training 50 scholars from 15 countries in 2022, we welcomed 48 scholars from 20 countries in 2023. The Certified STAR Scholar program was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Key to a Diverse Pool of Doctoral Students? ‘Relevant’ Research.”
Scholars who successfully complete this training will:
This is a module-based, self-driven professional development program that engages researchers and other scholars across the disciplines and professions (NOT an instructor-led course or an expert-driven training). After an orientation to the program, you will complete four modules representing the four program goals below.
Each module includes “watch, read, and do” tasks and those who present satisfactory work with a task-submission survey will be invited to follow-up “exchange workshop” to complete the module.
Each module needs roughly 4-6 hours to complete, and the follow-up exchange workshops are opportunities for you to present your experience and exchange your plans with other scholars. Facilitators select reading materials, provide custom-made videos including relevant experts (in place of lectures at the events), design tasks and assess your work, and help you to complete the milestones (modules work + work to submit + workshop).
Completing the Training Program
Please only apply if the timing of this program will allow you to commit 4-8 hours a week for about 6 weeks and present your best work. Also, if your time will barely allow you to “complete” the training but not develop and implement a training for others in the near future, please encourage others in your network who can commit to both personal and community goals envisioned by the program. All deadlines, dates, and terms of commitment are specified in the application form. Engaging in any activity that undermines originality/integrity undermines the goals of the program, so we will exclude any participants who do so.
Program Coordinators | Hosts
SUNY Stony Brook University, USA
Job Rutgers University, USA
University of Newcastle, Australia
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
North South University, Bangladesh
Bodoland University, India