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Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research

The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

In line with The Stewart Trust’s mission to invest in innovative, cutting-edge cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer, applications are invited from nominees conducting cancer research. This program is distinct from the Pew Scholars Program, and it follows a different, but parallel set of guidelines and procedures for nominating an applicant whose research is related to cancer.

For the 2020 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of being recognized as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, or as an institution with a strong focus on cancer research.

Eligibility for the 2020 award

  • Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Oct. 10, 2019, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor or instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2020 online application.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to the field of cancer. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches in cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields related to cancer, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the Pew-Stewart Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Sarada Kalainayakan, senior associate, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-575-4727 in advance of applying.

Terms of the award

An award of $75,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar’s progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August of the award year. Annual progress reports are required, describing cancer research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew-Stewart scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her cancer research and career. Not more than $12,500 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated  and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may extend for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew-Stewart Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew-Stewart scholars.

During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees’ travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew-Stewart scholars with an opportunity to present their cancer research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other Pew scholars, Pew fellows and members of the National Advisory Committee.

Participating institutions

For the awards to be made in 2020, one nomination will be invited from the leaders of the following 87 cancer research centers and institutions:

Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania 
Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Yeshiva University 
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes- Jewish Hospital
Anderson Center for Cancer Research, The Rockefeller University 
Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona 
California Institute of Technology
Cancer Therapy and Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center
Cancer Center at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine 
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center  
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center  
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine 
Dana Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center, Harvard University 
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center 
Fox Chase Cancer Center  
Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center 
Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University 
Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University 
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa 
Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina 
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah 
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University 
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles
Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University 
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone, NYU Langone Medical Center  
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore 
Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky 
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota 
Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University 
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Mays Cancer Center, University of Texas Health San Antonio
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute
Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Penn State Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University 
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University 
Roswell Park Cancer Institute  
Salk Institute Cancer Center
Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College  
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute 
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital  
Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University
Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine 
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers University 
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center  
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute 
The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center 
The University of Kansas Cancer Center 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  
The University of Texas Medical Branch
The Wistar Institute Cancer Center  
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center 
University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of Colorado Cancer Center 
University of Florida Health Cancer Center
University of Hawaii Cancer Center  
University of Illinois Cancer Center
University of Massachusetts Cancer Center
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center 
University of New Mexico Cancer Center 
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Cancer Center
University of Virginia Cancer Center 
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center 
University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
Van Andel Research Institute
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center  
Wilmot Cancer Institute, University of Rochester
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University 
Yale Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine 

National Advisory Committee

The Pew-Stewart National Advisory Committee provides scientific leadership to the program, reviews all applications, and identifies candidates to be recommended to the Pew Board to be named Pew-Stewart Scholars.

Current Members of the National Advisory Committee include:

Peter M. Howley, M.D.
Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard Medical School

Tony R. Hunter, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 
Director, Salk Institute Cancer Center
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Susan Kaech, Ph.D. 
Professor and Director
Nomis Foundation Chair
Nomis Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Nickolas Papadopoulos, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Oncology
Director of Translational Genetics
Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics & Therapeutics
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Ph.D.
Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology
Professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology and Otolaryngology
Vanderbilt University

Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D.
Professor of Experimental Radiation Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Louis M. Staudt, M.D., Ph.D.*
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Co-Chief, Lymphoid Malignancies Branch
Head, Molecular Biology of Lymphoid Malignancies Section
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health

*Dr. Staudt is serving in his personal capacity