Hutch Teacher Fellowship


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


Unfortunately, we are canceling our normal program offerings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Unfortunately, the Science Education Partnership has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person portions of our teacher summer program this year.

We are still considering a number of creative virtual options for building community with the science educators we serve. While we remain deeply committed to supporting teachers as they prepare the next generation of scientific leaders, the uncertainty around COVID-19 prevents us from providing them with an in-person experience. 

Fred Hutch remains committed to training the next generation of scientific leaders. Continue to check our website for updates and learn more about our efforts to track and stop COVID-19.



Hutch Fellowship Application

Application closes March 15, 2020 11:59 pm PST, Principal Commitment of Support Form is due by March 31st, 2020, 11:59 pm PST.

Before you apply, we recommend that you review the Preview 2020 Hutch Fellowship Application PDF which has a summary of the application questions.

Please note that the PDF is for reference only, and to be considered for the fellowship, you must complete the online application.

Hutch Teacher Fellowship Requirements


1. Complete the online application form.

2. Obtain administrator or supervisor recommendation. After finishing the application, an automatic email will be sent to your listed principal/school representative with a link to a Commitment of Support Form. Your principal/ school representative must submit this form by March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm PST.



Fellowship applicants must be:

  • A middle or high school science teacher
  • Currently employed and teaching science
  • Available for the entire duration of the program
  • 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

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, with most teachers spending 7-8 weeks in the lab each summer. The expectation is the equivalent of 12 weeks/year, inclusive of time spent working on curriculum and piloting lessons in classrooms. Pilot lessons are created by participants, but teachers may also pilot SEP curriculum.



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, April 24, 2020