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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Stanford University

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: September 15, 2017
Liaison: Arthur Glasfeld

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Under the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, each year a group of 100 (50 in the first year) high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, from a wide array of backgrounds and nationalities, will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

Their academic experience will focus on both subject-specific knowledge and leadership development to make an impact on the world. Scholars will pursue three years of education in Stanford’s graduate disciplines, including masters and doctorate level degrees as well as professional programs in law, business, medicine, engineering, humanities and sciences, education, and earth, energy and environmental sciences.

Scholars will have the option to continue their studies beyond the three-year program with PhD or MD studies. In addition to pursuing their degree programs, scholars will be exposed to leadership training and development and immersive educational opportunities through the King Global Leadership Program, as well as residential experiences, additional degree opportunities focused on public policy and problem-solving at scale, and other curricula designed to develop scholars' capacity to lead ambitious change in a complex world.


  • Applications are accepted from students or alumni of any country - there are no citizenship requirements
  • Funding supports students studying in *any* graduate program at Stanford
  • Applications are accepted from graduating seniors or alumni within four years of graduating who meet the eligibility requirements of their target graduate programs. 

Selection Criteria

Successful Knight-Hennessy applicants must first of all meet the entrance requirements of the Stanford graduate programs to which they are applying. In addition, they must demonstrate leadership, independent thought, and a civic mindset.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted in parallel for the  Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and also separately to the relevant Stanford graduate degree program.

Graduating seniors from Reed College must request a letter of institutional endorsement from Reed College no later than 9/15/17.  It is highly recommended that any student considering applying for the Knight Hennessy award contact Michelle Johnson over the summer to discuss their application.   

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisors

Spring Semester Hours:

Mon, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Tues, 12pm-2pm, Prexy
Wed, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Thurs, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fri, 2pm-4pm, Prexy 
Sun, 6pm-8pm, PAB 130 (NEW LOCATION)

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff

Fellowships Q&A in Commons: Tuesdays, 11:45am-1:15pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in MRC: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Career & Internship Q&A in Commons: Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in Commons: Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm

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