Hutch Teacher Fellowship

We offer a fellowship for secondary science educators seeking an in-depth, biomedical research experience at Fred Hutch. The fellowship provides support for two summers of research, with additional school year follow-up. While this program is designed for secondary life science teachers, it’s open to other STEM teachers as well.

**The application period for the 2019-2021 fellowship is closed. Please check back for updates on the 2020-2022 fellowship application period.**

Hutch Teacher Fellowship Requirements

  1. Complete the online application form (The application period has closed for this period. Please check back for the next application period).
    You can preview the application before completing the online form.
    Please note that the PDF is for reference only, and to be considered for the fellowship, you must complete the online application.
  2. Obtain administrator or supervisor recommendation.
    Have them complete the recommendation form and email it directly to Science Education Partnership from a school address.



Fellowship applicants must be:

  • A 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 fellowship teachers
  • Committed to piloting lessons with students and developing lesson revisions
  • Available for the entire duration of the program

We especially encourage applications from past SEP participants, teachers from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences and persons with disabilities, as well as teachers with economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who work largely with students from such backgrounds.

Unless teachers and researchers make prior arrangements together, 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 Commitment


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



To offset lost work opportunities, teachers receive an $8,000 award after completing each summer research session of the program. An additional $2,000 is available at the end of each school year, based on completion of school year activities (piloting and revising curriculum). The program also covers up to $600 of parking and transportation costs per year. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover the costs of meals or lodging. The total funds available for the two-year fellowship is approximately $20,000.

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.

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Last Modified, October 28, 2019