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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

August 28, 2017
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Stanford, California
2 or More Years


Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify a group of 100 high-achieving students (50 in the inaugural year) 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.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world and is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Building on departmental programs, fellows will learn to communicate, collaborate, and innovate with fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars from other disciplines, breaking down traditional academic silos will be essential to discovering new solutions that will advance humanity via leadership development, mentorship, and experiential learning. Tailored workshops and individual coaching and feedback will hone scholars’ capacity for collaborative leadership and particular emphasis on the art of storytelling and scholars’ ability to find their voice will be given. Additionally, scholars will enjoy spending time with established leaders in both informal and formal settings, including the opportunity to work with special mentors from the Distinguished Careers Institute and meet one-on-one or in small groups with members of our Global Advisory Board, whom hail from a diverse range of fields.

Eligibility: All CC, SEAS, GS seniors or those who graduated in 2013 or later are eligible to apply if. All candidates must be planning to apply 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). The Knight-Hennessy program welcomes applicants with citizenship from around the world, there are no citizenship requirements. Please note, however, that the program will give priority to applicants who are pursuing graduate programs that last two years or longer and, if awarded, you cannot defer the Knight-Hennessy Program (but you can reapply for the year you wish to join). Beyond this, all candidates must meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program that they wish to pursue. All applicants must complete the entire application process for their department - including any standardized tests requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.

To apply: Complete application requirements and instructions will be released in May 2017. Stay tuned!

However, in order to apply for this opportunity, all candidates must apply separately to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you wish to pursue no later than November 15, 2017. In addition,

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students (only) need to apply for Columbia University's institutional endorsement. To do so, open an application online here (by clicking 'Start an Application') and submit all requested application materials no later than 11:59pm EST on Monday, August 28, 2017. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your recommenders to the Knight-Hennessy online application portal by this date as well. Do note, you do not need to have your letters of recommendation submitted to Columbia.
  • Columbia alumni applying to this program need not secure an institutional endorsement letter from Columbia and, should therefore, create an account in the Knight-Hennessy application portal and submit all application materials there by the deadline provided on the Knight-Hennessy website, September 27, 2017.