Arising from calls for year-round engagement and action-oriented outcomes from the annual Global Scholars Symposium, the Global Scholars Action Network is a recently established initiative working to create and support an active community of scholars motivated to tackle the challenges of global society. Its mission is to provide an institutional platform across major international scholarship bodies based in the UK to create community, facilitate collaboration despite geographical distance, and move ideas into action.

The members of the Global Scholars community have historically been drawn from the scholars-in-residence and alumni of nine scholarships bodies: Chevening, Churchill, Clarendon, Commonwealth, Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, Rhodes and Weidenfeld Scholarships. The organization is now proud to announce the extension of its activities to all students pursuing post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom.

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The inaugural Global Scholars Network Conference – Reconnecting Scholars, was held at Rhodes House, Oxford on 20-21 September 2013, with the aims of extending the Global Scholars Symposium (GSS) network, connecting scholars and reviving discussions started at previous GSS events, and included a stimulating program of talks, workshops and networking activities, with speakers including John McCall MacBain, Professor Ngaire Woods, and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. 

The following year, on March 15th 2014, the Global Scholars Network or GSN was launched at Rhodes House, which objective was to establish a stronger year-round program of events, built around specific issue-focused workshops in which scholars can not only create new dialogue but also continue conversations on how to address pressing challenges. 

Building on the achievements of previous administration, the Global Scholars Network transitioned into Global Scholars Action Network in 2015, to further emphasize the action-oriented nature of its activities. The Global Scholars Action Network continues the original vision of GSN, which is to manage and sustain ongoing relationships between Global Scholars but also encourages action from its members to create tangible plans and develop concrete solutions to address world issues.