Open to those applying for admission to any Stanford graduate program, provided that the target program is at least two years in duration. No minimum GPA, but the applicant must present academic credentials which would meet the standards of the student’s intended graduate program. Admission to the Program cannot be deferred. Applicants must have earned the bachelor’s degree within the past four years
When is the Deadline?
Campus: Mid-August Knight-Hennessy: Late September
The Program emphasizes a global community of scholars, with approximately one-third of the Scholars coming from the United States. Each year, up to 100 new Scholars are selected. The Program emphasizes the development of leadership, mentorship by established leaders, and opportunities for experiential learning.
How Do I Apply?
The student must submit two applications: one to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and one to the target graduate program. The Knight-Hennessy application is electronic and includes, along with transcripts, biographical information, essays and short answers, the names and contact information for two reference writers.
Two essays: one addressing how influences in life have shaped the applicant, and the other describing three potential life paths and how the Program will prepare the applicant for those paths.
What happens after I submit an application?
In December, finalists are notified and invited to attend “Immersion Weekend” the following January, an event which allows finalists to learn about their program and about Stanford, and for the Knight-Hennessy Program to learn more about each applicant.
New Scholars will be notified in February, and that class of Scholars will come to campus the following summer for an “orientation experience.”
“The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.”
“As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you may pursue an education in any of Stanford’s graduate programs. We welcome students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in Stanford's schools of business; earth, energy and environmental sciences; education; engineering; humanities and sciences; law; and medicine – all of which are rated among the best in the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars are ambitious, in the best sense, and will drive large-scale change in our complex world. Denning House, to be constructed in the heart of the Stanford campus, will become the convening hub for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars.”