Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is 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.


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 as a recent graduate (typically within seven years of graduation)
  • you meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue

Resources for applicants