Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Internal Application Deadline: August 2, 2018

Open to: Seniors, recent alums
Award Type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: academic achievement; leadership; civic commitment
Award provides: Funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford University, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and a generous stipend. There are additional opportunities available for summer and social entrepreneurship funding.
Open to international students: Yes

 Eligibility criteria:

  • Plan to enroll in a full-time graduate or professional degree program at Stanford, including joint degrees

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program looks for candidates that demonstrate the following three qualities: 1) independence of thought; 2) purposeful leadership; and 3) a civic mindset. Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.

 Application components:

  • Online Knight-Hennessey Scholars application
    • Transcript
    • Test scores required by the graduate program that you are pursuing (e.g., LSAT, GRE, MCAT)
    • Resume/CV
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • One non-academic personal reference that addresses your leadership and character
      • One institutional assessment that provides context on your academic experience that is not reflected elsewhere in your application*
    • Two personal essays
    • Video
  • Separate Stanford graduate program application (varies by program)

*Students who wish to be considered for a university-level endorsement for the institutional assessment letter must participate in a campus interview process. Feedback on application materials will only be available for students who seek advising prior to the August 2 deadline and who plan to participate in the competitive campus endorsement process.

For more information and to register your interest in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, complete the NS&FP Postgraduate Programs Interest Form.

You can also make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application. Only applicants seeking university endorsement are eligible to receive feedback from our office. If you are planning to apply without university endorsement, we encourage you to request an institutional assessment from your major advisor, DUS, or department chair.