Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Graduate Studies 


The Knight Hennessy Scholarship is an international graduate level scholarship for study at Stanford University. Through this program, scholars develop the skills to communicate, collaborate, and innovate across disciplines to tackle complex challenges and discover new solutions that will advance humanity. The scholarship covers tuition fees, a living stipend a travel stipend for travel to and from Stanford.

  • Meet the requirements of the graduate program you wish to pursue
  • Hold a bachelor's degree by the start of the award
  • Applying to enroll in a full-time graduate program at Stanford University
  • Received your first bachelor's degree within 6 years of applying
    • U.S. military (active or veteran) receive a 2-year extension and are eligible if you received your undergraduate degree within 8 years of applying
Application Material

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars Application
  • Stanford Graduate Degree Program Application
  • Standardized tests, if applicable to the graduate degree program you are applying
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Short answers and essay
  • Video statement, submitted after the application
  • 2 letters of recommendation
Selection Criteria

  • Independence of Thought
    • Exhibits first-step mental sharpness
    • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
    • Full of original ideas
    • Makes sense of ambiguity
    • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view
  • Purposeful Leadership
    • Ambitious, in the best sense
    • Driven to improve self
    • Able to bring others along
    • Self-aware
    • Persistent and resilient
  • Civic Mindset
    • Personally humble and kind
    • Supportive and accountable
    • Embraces difference
    • Concerned for and helpful to others
The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship committee finds evidence of these selection criteria through the application and, if you are selected as a finalist, at Immersion Weekend.

  • September 1

    Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Application Opens
  • Mid-September

    University deadline
  • Mid-October

    Knight-Hennessy Scholarship national application deadline
  • Mid-December

    Notification of finalist selection
  • Late January

    Finalist interviews
  • Early February

    Notification of selection

  • Up to 100 per year
    • ~1/3 from the U.S.
    • ~2/3 from from countries outside the U.S.
Length of Scholarship

  • Up to 3 years of funding