Postdoc Free Access program

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

In November 2012 and again in June 2013, Elsevier launched a program to support young scholars in between jobs or looking for their first postdoctoral position. Applicants who qualified were granted up to 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.

We were delighted with the response, both from postdoctoral organizations who forwarded the application form link and from researchers who qualified for the free access.

One of the recipients of the 2012 program, Dr. Daniele Vergara of the University of Salento in Italy, wrote:

"As a postdoc fellow in biological sciences, this program [gave> me the chance to maintain a vital scientific network, to read papers and write grants. In the absence of help from government and local institutions, the Elsevier program was a great experience, an innovative way to support postdocs during their research career".

As the international economic situation continues to be challenging for scientists starting their career, we have decided to bring back this program. In order to give even more people the option to apply, we have extended the application period to six months.

How to get the Free Access Passport

To qualify, candidates must complete a form verifying their credentials by August 31, 2014. Once approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Postdoctoral researchers who have received their PhD within the past five years.
    Candidates must have completed their last research position (either PhD research or a postdoc or equivalent) on or after January 1, 2014, or have a position that will end before August 31, 2014.
  • Applicants should submit a scanned image of a letter from their last academic mentor or advisor that states the position held and the date on which the position ended or will end. For more on the program and an application, visit

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