Free Memberships for Cornell Graduate Students and Postdocs

Free Individual Memberships for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity logo with orange diamondCornell is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. The NCFDD provides members with access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.  

Activate your account by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the NCFDD website
  2. Under “Select Your Institution,” choose “Cornell University”
  3. Select “Activate my Membership”
  4. Complete the registration form using your Cornell email address
  5. Check your Cornell email account to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email

Complimentary One-year Membership with New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) 

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

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Cornell University maintains an institutional membership with the New York Academy of Science (NYAS). Secure a sponsored membership with NYAS to access to various resources such as networking, resource building, and career readiness training.

Activate your account by completing the Cornell specific membership form.

Free Membership with ImaginePh.D. for Ph.D. Career Tools (Designed for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students)

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Imagine PhD logoImaginePh.D. is a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Cornell graduate students can 1) conduct online self-assessments to identify skills, interests, and values, 2) explore career paths, 3) develop next steps for career and professional development, and more. 

Activate your account on the ImaginePh.D. website

Free Membership with SkillsFirst to Prepare Your Job Search Materials

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Dancing person logo with SkillsFirst Master Your StorySkillsFirst (part of Optimal Resume) is an online resource offering a complete set of career preparation tools, such as resume and cover letter templates, practice tools for interviews and elevator pitches, and career self-assessments. Cornell graduate students have free access to these premium resources through Student and Campus Life – Career Services.

Activate your account: 

Free Membership with GoinGlobal for International Job Search

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

GoinGlobal logoGoinGlobal is a great place for international internship or job opportunities. In addition to the job listings, this site provides country- and city-specific employment/career guides, which are all developed by local employment experts. This site also has an H1B visa resource, helping international students identify employers who have historically hired international talent in the United States. 

Utilize all the premium resources by following the steps below:

  • Use Cornell IP address in order to use the Johnson Graduate School of Management (JGSM) account (e.g., computer labs located across campus, Cornell Wi-Fi)
  • Go to the GoinGlobal website

Institutional Membership with Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network

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Available to all Cornell graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, plus Graduate School alumni and recent Cornell postdocs

CIRTL is a North American future faculty preparation effort with branches at 40+ universities. Participate in webinars, online courses, and summer teaching institutes on diversity in the college classroom, Individual Development Plans (IDPs), the academic job search, and many additional topics on teaching and research mentoring. As a participant from a CIRTL Network member institution, your registration receives priority for any programs that are offered (as long as spots are available). Visit the CIRTL Network website for a full list of Upcoming Programs.

Sign up for local Future Faculty and Academic Careers and/or national CIRTL Network news and events.

Free Membership with the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

National Postdoctoral Association logo with a blue lightbulb and a bookAvailable to all Cornell graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Cornell University is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Founded in 2003, the NPA’s mission is “to advance the U.S. research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants.” As part of a sustaining member institution, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are eligible for a free affiliate membership, which provides access to newsletters and members-only web content.

Join the NPA by using your Cornell email address and selecting the corresponding “Affiliate Individual” option.

Free Access to LinkedIn Learning with

Available to all Cornell students, faculty, and staff

LinkedIn Learning with content logoLinkedIn Learning provides access to an online library of high-quality training videos featuring the latest software, creative, and business skills. Access over 11,000 online courses designed for all experience levels. Watch entire courses or individual video tutorials as you need them, and even access the LinkedIn Learning library 24/7 from your mobile device. LinkedIn Learning exercise files, project files, or other informational documents that an instructor uses to teach a course let you follow along with the instruction as you learn, and bookmarks help you keep track of what you’d like to watch later.

Activate your account by signing into LinkedIn Learning with your LinkedIn login information.

Free Subscription to Nature Masterclasses

Available to all Cornell students, faculty, and staff

Nature Masterclasses logoAll students, faculty, and staff can take any courses available through Nature Masterclasses including Scientific Writing and Publishing; Finding Funding Opportunities; Data Analysis; Networking for Researchers; and more.

You must register your account using your Cornell email address.