https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/admission

Internal deadline: September 4, 2017
National deadline: September 27, 2017 (1 PM PST)

Eligibility requirements:

  • US and international students accepted
  • Final year for first/bachelor's degree or within 4 years of earning first/bachelor's degree.
  • Must enroll/apply in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford.
  • No minimum GPA or test scores. Exceptional academic achievement is preferred.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Must complete both Knight-Hennessy Scholars application and entire application process for graduate degree program.

Award summary and conditions: The Knight- Hennessy Scholars program is a new graduate- level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing our world. Each recipient will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at one of Stanford's 125+ graduate programs. The Knight -Hennessy Scholars program has a distinctly multidisciplinary focus, and will provide opportunities for leadership training, mentorship and cohort-based experiential learning. The goal is to empower Knight-Hennessy Scholars to navigate across business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sectors.

We expect about two-thirds of Knight- Hennessy Scholars to come from outside the United States, including rising leaders from the developing world who would not otherwise have a path to this kind of education. The funding comprises tuition and associated fees; on-campus room and board; books, supplies, instructional materials; health insurance and associated fees; round-trip air travel to Stanford; local transportation; and reasonable personal expenses.

Primary admission criteria:

  • Independence of thought
  • Purposeful leadership
  • Civic commitment

Application materials (Online submission of all materials):

  • Online application
  • Uploaded unofficial or self-reported transcript of your academic performance for each institution you attended for an academic year or longer.
  • Scores for standardized tests for admission, as required by the graduate degree program you are pursuing.
  • Letters of recommendation (2).
  • Personal essays (2). (750-1,750 words is sufficient for both essays, in total)
  • Short-answer responses (2).
  • Resume/CV (1 page).
  • Video story (2 minutes max.)

In-person assessment: Finalist will be invited to visit Stanford (paid for by the program) for Immersion Weekend, that will give candidate a chance to learn more about their graduate degree program, about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, about Stanford University, about other fellow Scholars, and about themselves.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process:
• December 15, 2017: Approximate date finalists notified
• January 19-21, 2018: Interviews
• February 15, 2018: Approximate date selected candidates notified