Dual Mentor Fellowships

Interdisciplinary Training

Interdisciplinary Dual Mentor Fellowships in Cancer Research

Two forms of support are available for pre- and post-doctoral trainees who wish to pursue dual-mentor research training: 1) NIH training grant, and 2) Center-funded. The purpose of this funding is to provide support for training that is truly interdisciplinary in nature; the two mentors must provide distinct, complementary areas of expertise, i.e., 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.

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in late summer 2018.

Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Research NIH Training Grant

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. Appointments are usually 12 months in length, and trainees must competitively reapply for further years of funding.
  • Jointly administered by the University of Washington and Fred Hutch.
  • Stipend and benefits are UW-based.
  • Tuition covered at approximately 60% for predocs.
  • Mentors are responsible for covering shortfalls in trainee costs.


  • Open to Fred Hutch and non-Fred Hutch pre- and post-doctoral trainees.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.
  • Must be eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support [No individual trainee may receive more than 5 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at predoc level, and no more than 3 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at postdoc level].
  • Mentors can be based at Fred Hutch, University of Washington, Institute for Systems Biology, and/or Center for Infectious Disease Research; however, both mentors must have an appointment with the University of Washington.
  • Pre-doctoral fellows must have obtained University of Washington residency status and qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Center-Funded Dual Mentor Fellowships

Funded by Fred Hutch, two positions are available to Fred Hutch pre- and/or post-doctoral trainees who are interested in interdisciplinary training in cancer research. Trainees participate in all the program activities of the training grant and are subject to the same application process. Appointments are usually 12 months in length, and trainees must competitively reapply for further years of funding.

  • Administered solely by Fred Hutch.
  • Trainees are compensated up to the Kirschstein-NRSA FY17 postdoctoral stipend level 2.
  • Tuition is not covered.
  • Mentors are responsible for covering shortfalls in trainee costs.


  • Trainees must be based at Fred Hutch.
  • No citizenship requirement.
  • The primary mentor must be based at Fred Hutch.


Please send inquiries via email to:

Anissa Barker  Training Grant Administrator, or
Barry Stoddard  Program Director