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Online Career Resources

National Postdoctoral Association

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.

Postdoc Academy

The Postdoc Academy is a comprehensive online and in-person program built on the National Postdoctoral Association core competencies to support skill development throughout postdoc training, from orientation to next career step.

My Individual Development Plan (IDP)

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best, we encourage you to complete an IDP and discuss it with your advisor.

this IDP from ScienceCareers is more focused on STEM postdocs

New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

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

Activate your account by completing the Cornell specific membership form.

ImaginePhD for PhD Career Tools (Designed for Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD 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 careers paths, 3) develop next steps for career and professional development, and more.

Activate your account and create an account through the ImaginePhD website.

Interstride for International Job Search

Find 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.

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

CIRTL is a North American future faculty preparation effort with branches at more than 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.


Individual NCFDD memberships are available for free to all Cornell community members as a benefit of Cornell’s Institutional membership. Resources provided by NCFDD include 14-Day Writing Challengesthe Monday MotivatorDissertation Success Training ModulesGuest Expert Webinars, and more!

NCFDD is 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:

  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