Other Free Memberships


Free individual memberships available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Cornell is an institutional member of NCFDD, a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. 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:

NCFDD logo in orange and blue

  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

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

National Postdoctoral Association

Free affiliate individual membership available to all Cornell postdocs, graduate students, faculty members, and others

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 a postdoc, faculty member or employee of a sustaining member institution, you are eligible for a free Affiliate Membership to the NPA, including newsletters and members-only web content. To join, visit the NPA website and choose member type “Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc” (or the appropriate affiliate category describing you).

New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

Complimentary one-year memberships available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

The New York Academy of Sciences logoCornell University maintains an institutional membership with the New York Academy of Science (NYAS). Request a Cornell-sponsored membership to the 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.

ImaginePh.D. (for Humanities and Social Sciences)

Free memberships available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Imagine PhD logo

ImaginePh.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.

Create an account on the ImaginePh.D. website, choosing Cornell University as your current university.

Interstride for International Job Search

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

Interstride logoFind job openings with U.S.-based international-friendly employers who have a demonstrated track-record of work visa sponsorship and CPT/OPT hiring. Workshops led by immigration experts help students to understand key information, including U.S. and Canadian work visas.

Create your profile on the Interstride website.

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Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network Programs

Institutional membership available to all Cornell graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, plus Graduate School alumni and recent Cornell postdocs

CIRTL logo

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. 

LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com

Free access available to all Cornell students, faculty, and staff

LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com contentLinkedIn 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.

Provided courtesy of the Cornell Graduate School’s Pathways to Success (P2S) commitment to professional development, and reposted from that resource page.

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