Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford University, including the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as all joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Award: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds up to the first three years of your graduate education. If your degree program exceeds three years, your Stanford home department will fund the remainder of your education to the standard extent (5-6 years for most PhDs). In the first three years of graduate study, Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive, a fellowship applied directly to cover tuition, a stipend for living and academic expenses, and a travel stipend for one annual trip to and from Stanford. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also may apply for supplemental funds to support academic endeavors.

Criteria: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program looks primarily at three areas: (1) Independence of thought, (2) Purposeful leadership, (3) Civic mindset.

 As of 2020, ODS will not be offering endorsement for the Knight-Hennessy scholarship because of our very limited staffing. We are still willing to offer edits on your written materials if you submit them to ODS no later than two weeks in advance of the Knight-Hennessy submission deadline. Once you submit your materials you are responsible for booking an appointment with Professor Waterhouse or one of our program assistants. 



You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if:

  • you are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford
  • you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor’s degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree (January 2015 through September 2020)
  • you meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue

Application Material for optional UNC Review

If you would like advice on your application materials, please schedule a meeting with an ODS program assistant. Please send drafts of application material 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting.

  • ODS Registration Form
  • 2 Essays
  • 2 Short-answer responses
  • Resume (1 page)
  • All relevant transcripts
  • Standardized test scores
  • Video story
  • 2 Letters of recommendation

Resources for applicants