Office of Research

Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program 2019

In 2014, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust to establish a national initiative - The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program which supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer.




  • Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of October 8, 2018, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 29, 2018, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 30, 2014), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice.
  • Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program.



  • $300,000 over four years ($75,000 per year) in flexible support.
  • Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March (for which all travel expenses are paid by The Pew Trusts) during the four-year term.
  • The funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew-Stewart scholar for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar’s research and as to best advance his or her cancer research and career.
  • Not more than $12,500 of the annual award may be used for the Scholar’s salary (including benefits).
  • During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees’ travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew-Stewart scholars with an opportunity to present their cancer research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other Pew scholars, Pew fellows and members of the National Advisory Committee.
  • Not more than 8% of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs, and this is notlisted on the Exhibit A. An endorsed Fred Hutch nominee must have Division or Fred Hutch Director’s Office approval for unrecovered F&A costs prior to submitting an application to the Foundation. Nominees should work with their Division Administrator to complete this task. For further information please see the Fred Hutch Foregone F&A Cost Policy.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  1. a one-page letter of intent with a description of proposed aims and approach
  2. Biosketch or CV of the PI
  3. A letter of support from the Dean or Chair. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally


to by 5:00 PM Thursday, May 31, 2018. ORC will then review and submit rankings to the FHCRC, which will then select the one proposal to move forward to apply. Rankings are due from our office to FHCRC on 6/12/18. Proposals are due to the sponsor 10/18/18.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


05/31/2018 UW Internal Deadline Closed
06/12/2018 OSP Deadline
10/08/2018 Sponsor Deadline

Pew Charitable Trusts

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at