Brave Fellowship

What is the Brave Fellowship?

The Brave Like Gabe Foundation and Fred Hutch are dedicated to training a diverse group of world-class scientists. The Brave Fellowship was created in honor of Gabe Grunewald and part of an ongoing effort to support the work of post-doctoral researchers engaged in rare cancer research who themselves have overcome barriers to pursue a research career.

This fellowship funds one post-doctoral fellow for a period of one year. In line with the mission of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, funding will ensure retention and help to foster a diverse community of scientists within rare cancer research.

How is the Brave Fellowship Funded?

Gabe Grunewald taught many to be resilient, to be brave, to be hopeful. Brooks Running honored her spirit with the Brave Like Gabe special edition shoe and apparel collection designed in partnership with her family and friends. Now Brooks and the Brave Like Gabe Foundation have partnered with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to support the fellowship. 

Who was Gabe Grunewald?

Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald was a professional American middle-distance runner who ran professionally for Brooks from 2010 until her passing in 2019. Throughout her 10-year battle with cancer, Gabe continued to compete and run professionally — using running as a tool to move through her cancer diagnosis. She also founded the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which is focused on raising funds (and awareness) to support research and accelerate treatments for rare cancer patients.

Gabe’s positive spirit and love of the run were contagious—inspiring millions of people across the country. 

Dr. Alyssa Webster, recipient of the 2020 Brave Fellowship, talks about her research on acute myeloid leukemia and what running has meant for her science.

Video by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

What does the fellowship funding cover?

Funds may support salary, fringe, and IDC, up to a total award amount of approximately $125,000. Fellow salary levels should at least meet the National Institutes of Health minimum for postdocs or current salary amount set by mentor or other sponsored funds. Awarded funds in excess of the above may be used to support other activities as approved by the foundation.

Who is eligible to apply?

All individuals who self-identify with one or more groups that are underrepresented in science are eligible and encouraged to apply. These groups include but are not limited to: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; women; individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, or asexual (LGBQIA+); individuals with disabilities; non-US citizen international scientists; veterans; and individuals from other socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. Eligibility is not limited to these general categories, however, and we recognize that individuals can be underrepresented specifically within their field or within Fred Hutch.


  • Applicants must have completed (and successfully defended, if applicable) one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., D.O. 
  • Eligible applicants are current Fred Hutch postdoctoral researchers
  • Applicants must have fewer than four years total experience as a postdoc
  • Funds must be expended at Fred Hutch

Dates & Deadlines

  • Applications due by Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT
  • Anticipated start date for fellowship: October 2021

Please complete an application to be considered for the Brave Fellowship.

How do I apply?

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Application form with the following written components:
    • Statement of Eligibility
    • Statement of Need
    • Research Project Abstract
    • Rare Cancer Research Significance
    • Optional - Connection to Running

Additional Documents: Please upload the following documents in the application form. A PDF format is preferred for all documents.

  • Current CV
  • Research Proposal
  • Figures or tables are optional
  • Personal Statement
  • Commitment to Diversity & Rare Cancer Research
  • Statement of Support
  • Letters of Recommendation

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.

What are the expectations for fellowship recipient?

Participation in Brave Like Gabe Promotion 

The Brave Fellowship was created to foster diverse leadership within biomedical research, specifically within rare cancer research. As such, the awardee will be asked to share their story as part of the Brave Like Gabe campaign and must also participate in at least one community outreach effort. Furthermore, because the fellowship is funded through the generous contributions of our donors, fellowship recipients may be called upon to attend fundraising events.

Final Report

The final report should include scientific progress on the project, a list of publications submitted/accepted during the funding period, presentations given and other relevant professional development activities. The final report should also describe the recipient's involvement with rare cancer research overall at Fred Hutch as well as an individual development plan (IDP) signed by both the trainee and his or her research mentor. Following completion of the fellowship, awardees will acknowledge The Brave Like Gabe Foundation in any manuscripts they publish on work that was supported by the fellowship, and of future grants and awards they receive.

Funding Acknowledgement

Fellowship funding should be acknowledged in any supported research that results in a poster, oral presentation, or manuscript.

How are applications evaluated?

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of scientific leaders from Fred Hutch, and members of the Hutch Philanthropy team. After verifying the eligibility of each applicant, at least two committee members will review each application independently and score them based on the quality of the applicant's Research Proposal, Personal Statement, Commitment to Diversity & Rare Cancer Research, Letters of Recommendation, and Statement of Mentor Support. The highest scoring applications will progress to the next round of evaluation, involving an application review by representatives from the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.

Mentors Play Key Role

The committee recognizes the important role mentors play in the success of their trainees by providing the physical and mental space they need to complete a challenging research project and offering invaluable career develop guidance.

The principal investigator supporting a current trainee's application for the Brave Fellowship is required to provide a one-page statement of support. This document should include the following elements:

  • Resources your trainee can access to successfully complete their proposed project, such as specialized facilities, equipment, and additional sources of funding.
  • A tailored mentoring and career development plan that links directly to the career goals your mentee described in his or her personal statement.

Contact Us For More Information or Questions About the Fellowship.

 For more information or questions about the fellowship, contact Elizabeth Martin, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement