Office of Education & Training

Fred Hutch has a longstanding commitment to training the next generation of scientific leaders and providing professional development opportunities for our faculty.

The Fred Hutch Office of Education & Training (OET) houses educational programs, including graduate student and postdoctoral training, as well as internships and programs for secondary school teachers, and high school and undergraduate students. Our programs span the biomedical disciplines and research interests pursued at Fred Hutch — from basic, human biological, clinical, and public health sciences research to a range of cancers and infectious diseases — with a commitment to increasing access and creating pathways for those trainees historically excluded. Our programs for faculty emphasize mentoring, leadership training and effective research management skills.

Fred Hutch is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. David Fredricks offering training to a student in partnership with one of the University of Washington (UW) Departments and Programs.

Graduate & Post-baccalaureate Programs

Fred Hutch offers a wide range of training opportunities in partnership with over ten University of Washington (UW) Departments and Programs, including a UW/Fred Hutch jointly administered PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (MCB) and Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).

Amanda Woodward Davis is a post-doctoral research fellow who works in  the Prlic Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,  Washington. Photographed on Feb 18, 2016.

Postdoctoral Fellowships Programs

Postdoctoral fellows are found in all five research divisions at Fred Hutch. Prospective fellows should contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work. Stipends for postdoctoral fellows at Fred Hutch are at or above the NIH pay scale, and we are committed to providing similar health care packages to all fellows regardless of how they are funded.

Andrew Hsieh mentoring a health staff professional.

Faculty Professional Development

We believe that training and mentoring are essential to cultivating faculty leadership. Formal classroom training, professional development seminars, and panel discussions enable our faculty to gain the skills and knowledge they need to build and manage their research labs.

High School, Undergraduate and Teacher Opportunities

Fred Hutch has programs and internships in many biomedical disciplines and research interests for teachers, undergraduate and high school students — creating pathways for all academic levels to gain hands-on experience at Fred Hutch. We also offer internships for student in non-research related disciplines, including marketing and program management.


Fred Hutch researcher David Hockenbery with student
Dr. David Hockenberry with Nancy Lui, a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) participant. SURP / Fred Hutch

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

We joined with nine major research universities as founding members of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, which provides data on outcomes of scientific training to help those who are considering a career in the biomedical sciences. Data collected at each institution includes the median time it takes to complete a Ph.D., the median time spent in postdoctoral training, the demographics of students and postdoctoral fellows, and career outcomes.

Research Ethics

We offer lectures, panel discussions, web-based training, colloquia and case study discussion groups for our faculty, staff and trainees on a variety of topics related to the responsible conduct of research. The topics range from human subjects research to the use of animals in research.

Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency Training Program

Fred Hutch and the University of Washington have collaborated on a lecture series devoted to rigor, reproducibility, and transparency, presented by faculty from each of the several ongoing training grants at both institutions. Lectures focus on a detailed discussion of common or emerging methodologies with the aim of describing strengths, limitations, and pitfalls so that those employing or interpreting the data gain a realistic sense of what can and cannot be learned. 

Faculty Mentoring

Our scientific divisions and programs each have their own well-established approach to faculty mentoring. Committees within those divisions and programs work closely with junior faculty to provide feedback and conduct evaluations.

Mentoring is also essential to improving faculty leadership skills and augments formal classroom training, seminars and panel discussions. Mentors help guide faculty members in building and managing their research teams, mentoring others, seeking grants, managing laboratory finances and conducting ethical research standards.

Education & Training Resources

screenshot of spring 2021 education training newsletter

We have a variety of education and training resources for students and prospective trainees, including Science Education Outreach resources, a trainee video series, and quarterly newsletters providing updates on the latest news coming out of the Office of Education & Training.

Contact Us

Andrea Brocato

Director, Office of Graduate Education, Fred Hutch