Hutch Teacher Fellowship

Science Education Partnership

Hutch Teacher Fellowship


The Hutch Teacher Fellowship is designed for secondary science educators who seek an in-depth biomedical research experience at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Fred Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and other immune-based cancer therapies. We also are well-known for our work in many other areas of biomedical research, including basic scientific research, cancer prevention, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and computational biology. The fellowship provides support for two summers of research, with additional school year follow-up. The program is geared towards secondary life science teachers but is open to accepting other STEM teachers.

Applications for summer 2018 open February 12, 2018 and close March 31, 2018 at 5:00pm PST.

Recommendations must be received by March 31, 2018, at 5:00pm PST.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 16, 2018.


  • Complete the online APPLICATION FORM     
    (see bottom of webpage to download questions/preview application)
  • Obtain administrator or supervisor recommendation. Please have recommender complete the form and email it directly to from a school address. NOTE: Please download and save the form to your computer before entering text.


  • Middle or high school science teacher
  • Currently employed and teaching science
  • Interested in learning more about cancer research and related careers
  • Willing to collaborate to develop cancer-related curriculum in conjunction with Fred Hutch scientists/education staff and other Hutch Fellowship teachers
  • Commit to piloting lessons with students and to developing lesson revisions
  • Commit to the entire duration of the program
  • We encourage past SEP teachers to apply

Teachers from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, persons with disabilities, and persons raised in economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Teachers who work with large populations of students from such groups are also encouraged to apply.

Unless teachers and researchers make prior arrangements together, we will select teachers as SEP does (the mentor will have the primary responsibility for selecting a teacher to work with). We will review initial applications and make recommendations to the mentors.

Program Times and Dates

Teachers will negotiate the exact times/dates in conjunction with their mentor. The expectation is the equivalent of 12 weeks/ year. Time spent working on curriculum and piloting lessons in classrooms is included.

Mandatory Orientation: Thursday, May 24, from 4:30-6pm (note new time)


The total funds available for the 2-year fellowship is $20,000/teacher: After successful completion of each summer of the program, teachers will receive a $8,000 award to offset lost work opportunities. An additional $2000 is available at the end of each school year and is dependent on completion of school year activities (piloting and revising curriculum). Additionally, parking/transportation costs will be covered up to a maximum of $600/year. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funds for meals or lodging.


Please contact us at for additional questions.

The Hutch Fellowship for Excellence in STEM Teaching is a part of the Pathways to Cancer Research program funded by a Youth Enjoy Science (YES) grant from the National Cancer Institute (grant number R25CA221770). Pathways to Cancer Research materials are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NCI or NIH.


* For Reference Only
Reference: Application Questions. If you'd like to see the questions on the online application form before you fill it out, you can view the pdf here. Please complete the online application form, DO NOT fill out this form. Please contact us if you have trouble.