The Alexander & Margaret Stewart Trust is a charitable foundation supporting nonprofit organizations researching, treating and preventing cancer and pediatric illnesses.

The Trust was established in 1947 by Mary E. Stewart and Helen Stewart Devore in honor of their parents. Trust grants for treatment and prevention are provided to organizations assisting residents of the District of Columbia, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.

The Stewart Trust  distributed over $4.5 million in grants in calendar year 2013. Grantees range from D.C. health clinics and hospitals to community-based organizations providing pediatric and/or cancer treatment for the underprivileged.

If you are interested in applying for a new grant, please review our Guidelines and then go to our Application section.

The Trust does not accept proposals for research unless specifically requested by the trustees.


The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust announced the inaugural class of Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research. Five promising early-career scientists will receive funding for research aimed at finding cures for cancer using approaches that include genetics, pharmacology, and structural biology. For more information about the 2014 class visit the scholars directory.

Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research

Scholars                                 Institution

Arvin Dar, Ph.D.                       Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Shawn M. Douglas, Ph.D.       University of California, San Francisco

Andrew J. Holland, Ph.D.        Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Agnel Sfeir, Ph.D.                    New York University School of Medicine

Roberto Zoncu, Ph.D.             University of California, Berkeley


Grant Applications Due Friday, September 18, 2015
Annual Reports Due: February 17, 2015 (for grant year 2014)


Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust
888 17th Street, NW, Ste 610
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-785-9892
Fax: 202-785-0918
William J. Bierbower, Executive Trustee
George Hamilton, Trustee
Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A., Elizabeth P. Munson, President
Lori Jackson, Executive Manager