Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

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Stanford's Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is one of the newest and largest national fellowship opportunities. This program "will annually identify a group of 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."

Scholars will be able to combine a first-class education in any of Stanford's graduate degree programs with leadership development, mentorship, and experiential learning.

"Knight-Hennessy scholars are visionary thinkers who are curious, open-minded, analytical, eager for cross-cultural perspective, and genuinely excited to boldly and creatively address our world's most important challenges," according to the Knight-Hennessy website.

Contact the Office of Fellowships at for assistance with your application.

Selection Criteria

  • Applications are welcome from citizens of all countries.
  • Students may apply as seniors in college or within four years of completing their first/bachelor's degree.
  • Students should meet eligibility criteria for their chosen graduate programs at Stanford.

Selection Process

Each candidate should apply directly to their graduate degree program by its deadline AND complete the Knight-Hennessy application.


National application: early October