Postdoc free access program helps researchers between positions

Now the program includes a year of access to Scopus as well as ScienceDirect

postdoc free access

It can be tough to find a research position after your postdoc. Competition is fierce, and an uncertain job market and tight university budgets have created new challenges for early-career researchers. To complicate things, when your postdoctoral position ends, so do the benefits. That includes having access to published work, which can be a lifeline for staying competitive and connected to the research community.

At Elsevier, we want to help. Since 2012, we have has been periodically offering free access to content to young scholars in between jobs or looking for their first postdoctoral position.

For scholars who recently received their PhDs and currently do not have a research position, we are now offering unlimited complimentary access to Scopus and  all our journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to 12 months. Here are the basic criteria of our postdoc free access program:

  • You have been unemployed for 1 year or less by the date of your application to the program …
  • Or you have a project ending less than 6 months after the date of your application.


  • You have received your PhD 5 years or less before the date of your application.

Learn more and find out how you can apply.

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