The Knight-Hennessy Scholars represent all seven schools at Stanford University, forming a dynamic and talented group of individuals. This program serves as a catalyst for purposeful leadership development, empowering scholars to drive significant positive change in the world.
Applicants must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program, including but not limited to DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or Ph.D. programs. This can be fulfilled through one of the following conditions:
Applying separately and concurrently to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and a full-time Stanford graduate degree program, with both starting in the same year.
Holding an existing offer of admission to a full-time Stanford graduate degree program and applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for the same starting year.
Being a current Stanford graduate student planning to add a second full-time Stanford graduate degree program, with both starting in the same year.
Being a current Stanford Ph.D. student in the first year of enrollment and planning to begin the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in the second year of Ph.D. enrollment.
Applicants must have earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university, with the degree awarded in January 2017 or later. To join the 2024 cohort, applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree by January 2017 or later.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive funding for up to three years for their graduate studies at Stanford University. During each of the first three years of graduate study, scholars are entitled to:
A fellowship that covers tuition and related fees
A stipend to cover living and academic expenses, including room and board, books, academic supplies, instructional materials, local transportation, and reasonable personal expenses
A travel stipend for an annual economy-class round-trip ticket to and from Stanford
Additional funding opportunities specific to certain years include:
A one-time relocation stipend for newly enrolling scholars, intended to offset relocation and technology purchase costs
The ability for scholars in their second and third years to apply for supplemental funds to support academic enrichment activities, such as conference travel.
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit separate applications to both the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and their chosen Stanford graduate degree program. Applicants must check their desired graduate program’s website for specific application deadlines, which typically vary by program.
FAQs About Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
What is the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program?
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a prestigious graduate scholarship program at Stanford University. It aims to develop a diverse community of future global leaders and provides funding for full-time master’s and Ph.D. degrees.
Who is eligible to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program?
The program is open to applicants from all countries, and there are no restrictions based on citizenship, age, field of study, or career aspirations. However, applicants must meet certain educational and enrollment requirements.
What educational qualifications are required to apply?
Applicants must have earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university, with the degree awarded in January 2017 or later. Specific eligibility conditions apply, depending on your current enrollment status.
Can I apply to any graduate program at Stanford University?
You can apply to most full-time master’s and Ph.D. programs at Stanford University. However, there are some exceptions, such as certain co-term programs and the Doctor of Science of Law (JSD) program. Please review the eligibility criteria for detailed information.
How many Knight-Hennessy Scholarships are available each year?
The program does not specify the number of scholarships available, so it varies from year to year.
What does the scholarship cover?
Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive funding for up to three years of graduate study. This funding includes tuition and associated fees, a stipend for living expenses, and a travel stipend for an annual trip to and from Stanford. Additional funding may be available for specific purposes in certain years.
What are the application deadlines?
The deadline for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application is typically in October. However, the deadline for applications to your chosen Stanford graduate degree program may vary by program. You should check the program’s website for specific deadlines.
Can I apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if I am already enrolled in a Stanford graduate program?
Yes, there are provisions for current Stanford graduate students to apply, particularly if they plan to add a second full-time Stanford graduate degree program.
What is the selection process like?
The selection process is highly competitive and includes multiple stages, including a review of your application materials, assessment of your contributions and experiences, and an interview if you advance to the final stages.