Interdisciplinary Training

Interdisciplinary Dual Mentor Fellowships in Cancer

Two forms of support (from an NIH training grant and from additional Center-funded fellowship positions) are available for postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees who wish to pursue dual-mentor research training. The purpose of this support is to provide support for training that is truly interdisciplinary in nature; the two mentors must provide distinct, complementary areas of expertise (for example, by studying basic molecular and cellular mechanisms in combination with epidemiological analyses, or by participating in clinical research studies while studying behavioral or environmental factors that influence therapeutic outcomes). Trainee research projects typically transcend the traditional boundaries separating the molecular and cellular, clinical, epidemiologic and social cancer sciences.

These funding opportunities require that the overall research project be broadly related to cancer. Studies of molecular and cellular mechanisms, detection and diagnosis, risk and behavioral factors that influence cancer incidence, development and assessment of treatment strategies, and studies of cancer outcomes are all appropriate. If the training program is focused on studies of infectious agents, the relevance of the proposed studies to the incidence of cancers that are associated with that agent must be clear.

The NIH Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Cancer (IDTG)

The aim of this training program is to train young scientists to design and conduct research on significant problems in cancer by combining information and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including basic cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, clinical trials and studies, and behavioral-social sciences. The rationale behind this program is to produce researchers who can excel in the increasingly complex and specialized environments required for future cancer research.

The trainee must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national (persons born in possessions of the United States, i.e., American Samoa), or have permanent resident status. NIH training grant funding guidelines stipulate that no individual trainee may receive more than 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level and 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grants and individual fellowships. Therefore, trainees who have already received this level of NIH funding are not eligible to apply for the training grant fellowships. Support from NIH research project grants awarded to faculty do not count towards the 3 year eligibility rule.

Note that this training grant is managed through the University of Washington, so your paycheck and benefits will be UW-based. The NIH training grant pays approximately 60% of predoctoral tuition. The remaining 40% must come from a non-federal source, provided by the trainee's mentor.

Trainees and mentors can be based at Fred Hutch, the UW, and/or other institutions around Seattle, including ISB, SBRI, etc. There is no requirement that one or both mentors must be based at Fred Hutch.

Please be sure to check the appropriate box on your application if you are eligible to receive an NIH Training Grant slot (meaning you are a US citizen or permanent resident/green card holder).

Fred Hutch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


The application period is now closed. Please check back in spring 2015.


Get the application form

For further information on the NIH-funded grant, contact:

Marci Burden
Training Grant Coordinator, or
Barry Stoddard
Program Director

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