Application period: August 2022 to October 2022 [TBA]
Internal deadline: September 6, 2022
National deadline: October 2022 (1:00 p.m. PT) [TBA]
NOTE: Institutional endorsement process

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. 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 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 application
  • Uploaded unofficial transcript 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)
  • Institutional endorsement letter (optional)
  • Personal essay (1); 600 words
  • Short answer responses (3); 550 words, combined
  • Resume/CV (1 page)
  • Video story (2 minutes maximum), by invitation only

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

Faculty representative: Dr. Jess Hernandez

Selection process:
• January: Approximate date finalists notified
• Mid-February: Approximate date selected candidates notified