CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019 Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is invited to nominate one candidate for the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program.

To apply, please submit your pre-proposals via the UCI Review application portal by Monday, June 4, 2018, 11:59 PM PST.

If you are not a Cancer Center member and are interested in applying, please contact Brian McClendon (, 714-456-3628) as soon as possible.

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. 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.

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 innovative approaches in cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields related to cancer, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged.

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Award Amount
The award provides $300,000 in flexible support, allotted in installments of $75,000 per year for a four-year period. Not more than 8% of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs.


  • Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of October 8, 2018, 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, HS Clinical and Clinical X series appointments are not eligible.
  • By June 29, 2018, candidates must have been in their assistant professor appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29, 2015), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work towards board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit.
  • Qualified candidates should be conducting creative, interdisciplinary, basic, or translational cancer research. This program is not designed to fund clinical trial research.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2019 online application.
  • 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.
  • Other support: funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations (including foundations) do not pose a conflict with the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program.

Review Criteria

  • 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.

Pre-proposals are due by Monday, June 4, 2018, 11:59 PM PST, via this online application portal, and include:

  • 4 page research proposal (illustrations and references not included in the page limit)
    Format: Arial or Helvetica font (no smaller than size 11), half-inch margins, single spaced.
  • NIH-format biosketch
  • List of ALL other support, current AND pending (list name of sponsor, amount and term of funding)
  • Nomination (recommendation) letter addressed to the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Review Committee, printed on your department letterhead, and signed by either your division chief or your department chair. Please include the date the Provost Office formally approved your appointment as an assistant professor. As the sponsor gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is an independent investigator and to significant published work, the nomination letter should provide evidence of the creativity and publication list of the nominee. This letter should also confirm that the candidate will devote at least 80% of his or her time conducting research.

Selection process
Following receipt of the internal nominations, an ad hoc committee will be convened to review the application packets.
The selected candidate will be notified prior to the deadline for institutional nominations (June 29th). The application for the 2019 awards will open on July 16, 2018.

For further information please contact Foundation Relations and/or a research development professional that serves your area.

Questions about the internal review process may be directed to Brian McClendon at or 714-456-3628.

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