Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

About the Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a graduate level scholarship tenable at Stanford University and whose mission is to prepare the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing our world. The pioneer class of 50 Knight- Hennessy Scholars (growing to 100 in subsequent years) will enroll in fall 2018. Each will receive full funding to pursue graduate studies in one of Stanford’s 125+ graduate programs.

Representing a diverse set of interests and expertise, scholars include students pursuing a PhD, JD, MBA, MS, MA and/or MD. Knight-Hennessy Scholars are encouraged to explore across disciplines and engage in interdisciplinary study. In addition to their chosen degree program, scholars receive leadership training and development and immersive educational opportunities through the King Global Leadership Program, as well as other curricula designed to prepare Scholars to lead ambitious change in the world.

Location of award, if applicable: Stanford University

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars application process:

Review the information on the Knight-Hennessy scholars website to gain a better understanding of the program requirements, eligibility, application process, and timeline. Research graduate programs at Stanford to identify those that match your academic background and career goals. Discuss your interest in applying for the scholarship with a CFSA advisor and your mentor(s).

The application opens online in May.

Prospective applicants should submit their “intent to apply” form to CFSA by June 30th to be considered for endorsement. Nominated applicants are expected to work closely with CFSA in preparing their application.

Applicants must complete not only the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, but also the entire application process for the graduate degree program – including any standardized test that the degree program requires.

Application components for the scholarship include:
– the online application for admission
– an unofficial transcript
– scores on standardized tests for admission as required by the graduate program that you are applying to
– one page resume/CV
– two recommendation letters (these are separate from the recommendation letters for the graduate application)
– two personal essays
– three short answer responses
– a video submission

The application deadline is in mid September.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email: More Information:

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