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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Application Deadline: Typically, the second week of October. 

Institutional Endorsement:  U-M endorsement is not required. Applications are submitted directly to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. 

U-M Contact: Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) at

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.

Today, 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 students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, from a wide array of backgrounds, receive full funding for up to three years of graduate education at Stanford and participate in programming 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.  

ONSF Advising: At this time, ONSF offers advising support for selected KHS finalists. Prospective applicants should refer to this Application Guide