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Postdoc Free Access Program is now ongoing

Postdoctoral scholars in between jobs can get free access to Elsevier's journals and books on ScienceDirect

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Since 2012, Elsevier has been periodically offering free access to scientific content to support young scholars in between jobs or looking for their first postdoctoral position. Qualified applicants were granted six months free access to all our journals and books on ScienceDirect and were able to use this access to work on grant applications and research projects.

Because of the response, we decided to make the application process ongoing. In addition, participants who do not find a position after the first six months can request an extension of their access for a further six months.

How to get free access

Postdoc Free Access programTo qualify, candidates must complete a form verifying their credentials. Once approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

Qualifying criteria:

  • 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.

For more information and to apply, visit

What is ScienceDirect?

ScienceDirect is Elsevier' full-text database with almost a quarter of the world's peer-reviewed scientific content. It's home to nearly 2,200 journals, 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. Journals include The Lancet, Cell, Current Biology, Biomaterials, Biological Psychiatry, Social Science & Medicine, Cognition, and Behavioural Brain Research .

Free access for journalists

Credentialed science journalists can get free access to ScienceDirect through a media code. For more information, email the Elsevier Newsroom.


Elsevier Connect Contributors

Manon BurgerAs a Marketing Project Manager, Manon Burger (@ManonBurger) is responsible for services for early career researchers. She started her career in STM publishing at Elsevier in 1999 in various marketing and publishing roles. She moved to a Dutch book publisher in 2005 as a Head of Marketing, exploring new business models and innovative ways of marketing, and returned to Elsevier in 2014. She holds an MA in English Literature and Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an MA(Ed) from the University of Amsterdam.

Gaëlle Hull Gaëlle Hull has been a Marketing Communications Manager at Elsevier since 2006. She initially worked on the engineering portfolios before moving to energy. She took on responsibility for her current portfolio — chemical engineering — in 2010. Since January 2014, Gaëlle has been responsible for promoting the Postdoc Free Access program.

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