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 at NCI-designated cancer centers, or cancer-focused institutions. The Pew-Stewart Scholars 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 application process, a letter of invitation and application instructions will be sent to the leaders of the cancer research institutions in early May. Centers are expected to complete a comprehensive internal selection process in order to identify and select one nominee. Nominations will not be considered after June 14, 2019.

The office of sponsored research should distribute this invitation and award eligibility details to all investigators through a campus-wide email announcement or website posting.

  • Interested applicants should submit pre-proposal material to an internal selection committee for consideration.
  • To nominate a candidate, a member of the internal selection committee must complete an online survey, describing the selection process used by the institution, and submitting the name and contact information of the chosen applicant by June 14, 2019. Nominations of applicants to the program will not be considered after June 14, 2019.
  • Once the Pew program office has received the completed survey and the name and contact information of the selected applicant, login information will be emailed directly to the selected applicant.  The online application website will open July 15, 2019, and the submission deadline is Oct. 10, 2019. Nominees will gain access to the secure application portal on July 15, 2019.

Every application will be reviewed by the Pew-Stewart Scholars National Advisory Committee. The Committee will make their recommendation to the board of directors of The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust and The Pew Charitable Trusts in April. Candidates will be notified by early April if they have been recommended to the Stewart and Pew boards. A public announcement of the award will be made in June. Grant agreements will be issued to the institutions of each year’s Pew-Stewart scholars in August of their award year.

Written or verbal critiques of unsuccessful applications are not provided.