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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Stanford University

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Internal Deadline: TBD for 2019/2020
Liaison: Catherine Witt

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Applications for the 2019-2020 program cycle open on May 1st, 2019.

Under the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, each year a group of up to 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 degree program 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.

It is highly recommended that any student considering applying for the Knight Hennessy award contact a career and fellowships advisor over the summer to discuss their application. Email CLBR Fellowships for more info.

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Express Advising with PCAs

Express advising will resume Fall 2019

Drop-In Hours with CLBR Staff

Drop-in hours will resume Fall 2019
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