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Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

External Application Deadline: 1:00 PM (Pacific Time), October 09, 2024

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
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: This award does not require Emory endorsement; however, if you wish to receive comprehensive advising support, including feedback from National Scholarships and Fellowships Program staff, and be considered for university endorsement, you will need to complete a pre-application and indicate your intent to apply by June 27, 2024.

Students who do not pre-apply by this date will not be eligible to receive university endorsement or feedback, but may still apply independently to Stanford University and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.

  • 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.

For more information:

  • 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
      • Select recommenders who know you well, whose opinions you trust, and who want to see you succeed. These individuals could mentors, supervisors, advisors, or coaches. You may request letters from the same recommenders who write for you graduate program application, but the Knight-Hennessy letter will need to address different criteria.
    • 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 an optional university-level endorsement for the institutional assessment letter must submit a pre-application and participate in a campus interview process.



If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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