Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a magnet for talent that curate a multidisciplinary community of scholars, offer a platform for purposeful leadership development, and empower them to effect large-scale positive impact in the world.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- The Stanford education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is fully funded
- The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds up to the first three years of your graduate education
- if your degree program exceeds three years, such as an MD or PhD program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program then your Stanford home department will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program
To be eligible for Knight-Hennessy Scholarships, an applicant must:
- a citizen of any country
- for graduate study, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
- you are eligible to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor’s degree or within five years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree
- have graduated in January 2014 through September 2020 to enroll at Stanford in September 2020
- meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue
- have excellent proficiency in English language (oral and written); (TOEFL; or, for MBA program only, IELTS)
To apply for Knight-Hennessy Scholarships, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:
- apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program
- one-page resumé that includes highlights of your experiences, interests, and academic record in reverse-chronological order
- transcripts of your academic performance at the undergraduate level and beyond, for each institution you attended for an academic year or longer
- reference letters from two individuals who know you well, whose opinions you trust, and who want to see you succeed to write your reference letters
- Short answer responses: These responses help to see a different side of you. We ask you to answer three questions:
- What are your immediate and long-term intentions after graduating from Stanford?
- Please tell us eight improbable facts (things that are unlikely but true) about you.
- Please tell us when you: made someone proud of you, were most challenged, did not meet expectations
- These reflections give us a chance to understand who you are and how you aspire to grow and learn. There are two prompts:
- Connect the dots. How have the influences in your life shaped you
- How will your Stanford education and your Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience prepare you to realize your intentions?
- Do not exceed 1,000 words for both essays combined
- After you submit your online application, you will be able to access the video statement through your application status page