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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Application Deadline: October 10th, 2019.  

Institutional Endorsement:  This scholarship does not require U-M endorsement. Applications are submitted directly to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford aims to prepare a new generation of global leaders with a deep academic foundation and the skills to develop creative solutions and effect positive change in the world.   From its founding 125 years ago, Stanford University has emphasized advancing knowledge in order to benefit the world. Today, amid increasingly complex global challenges, research universities are called to find new solutions through research and to educate courageous leaders able to forge collaborations and create change at scale. Each year a group of 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, from a wide array of backgrounds and nationalities, will receive full funding for up to three years of graduate education at Stanford and participate in a variety of supplementary programs to develop their future leadership skills.​

Eligibility:The program is open to applicants from all backgrounds and nationalities. US citizenship is not required.You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program if you are applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS)Applicants must be in the final year of undergraduate study or have received a bachelor’s degree within the last four years.


Application Instructions: See this page on the Knight-Hennessy website for detailed application instructions.  

Applicants will submit separate applications for admission to the graduate program of their choice and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.  The graduate program will not see your  Knight-Hennessy application, but the Knight-Hennessy review team will have access to your graduate application.The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program doesn't influence departmental decisions. They will, however, stay in touch with the individual departments throughout the admission process to ensure that they are designating as Knight-Hennessy Scholars only those applicants whom each program has determined are among its very best.

The Knight-Hennessy application will consist of the following elements:

  • An online application that includes a transcript of your undergraduate degree and test scores for your prospective graduate program
  • ​A 2-page resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation in addition to those included in your Stanford graduate application.  The letters should specifically address the Knight-Hennessy selection criteria. Applicants should provide this page of instructions/tips to their letter writers.
  • Two personal essays that explain who you are and how you aspire to grow and learn.
  • A video introduction of yourself.