Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Graduate Programs   

Fred Hutch partners with the University of Washington awarding graduate degrees. Most of our students are members of the joint Fred Hutch / University of Washington (UW) Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program, but there are many students from other UW departments as well.

Find a Program

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program (MCB)
    This is an interdisciplinary program of graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree. Approximately 190 faculty from Fred Hutch and the University of Washington participate in the program. Many areas of structural, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology are represented. MCB students tailor their education to meet their scientific and career goals.
  • Joint MCB Ph.D./Epidemiology M.S. Program
    This program offers MCB graduate students the opportunity to obtain an M.S. degree in Epidemiology concurrently with their Ph.D. degree. 
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
    This is one of the top dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. programs in the country. Founded in 1964, the UW MSTP offers outstanding training for highly academically qualified students who are seeking to combine clinical medicine with biomedical research.
  • Other Departments – many faculty at Fred Hutch have affiliate appointments in departments at the University of Washington. In most cases, students accepted into a UW graduate program in a department where Hutch faculty are affiliated, can choose to follow graduate research in the laboratory of the affiliate at the Hutch. These departments include:

                Biological Physics, Structure & Design
                Genome Sciences
                Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute (MoIES)
                Molecular Medicine & Mechanisms of Disease (M3D)

Graduate Courses

View a description of graduate courses taught at the Hutch. 

Funding for Graduate Students

There are several sources for graduate student support available to scientists at Fred Hutch. Stipends to support graduate research are available from a variety of sources, including:

Weintraub Award

The Weintraub Award honors graduate students for outstanding achievements during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Research Ethics

All Hutch-based trainees (postdoctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and graduate students) must complete requirements during their tenure at the center. For details about the training, see the Research Ethics Education Program web site.


For further information, contact:

Andrea Brocato
Program Operations Director for Post-Baccalaureate (Graduate) Programs
(206) 667-1811

Fred Hutch is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Fred Hutch to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.