Knight-Hennessy Scholars


The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program at Stanford University is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world and offers a transformative experience comprised of opportunities for leadership development, mentorship, and immersive interdisciplinary experiential learning. The program annually identifies a group of up to 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.


  • Senior or recent alumnus/a
  • Applying to enroll in any full-time graduate or professional degree program or any of the joint- and dual- graduate degree options at Stanford University
  • Demonstrate independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset

Application Materials:

  • A completed application
  • Three short answer responses (details here)
  • Two essays, one on the influences in your life and the other on how a Stanford education with Knight-Hennessy will prepare you to realize your intentions (one thousand words, combined)
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional (guidance here)
  • Standardized test scores, if required for graduate degree program
  • Video supplement (two minutes)
    • Does not need to be submitted at time of application
  • In-person assessment (by invitation only)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (one page)
  • Transcripts

Application Procedure:

While this scholarship does not require office involvement, we highly encourage applicants to notify the office by email ( to allow us to help them prepare their written materials before the national deadline in October.

National Application Deadline - October 11, 2023

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system. Applicants must also apply separately to the Stanford degree program.

Year at Time of Application: 
Senior or Beyond, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Non-U.S. Citizen, Graduate Study
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology and Computer Science, International Relations Political Science and Law, Mathematics, Music, Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics, Visual and Performing Arts
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School