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. 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 any 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). Additionally, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the specific Stanford graduate degree program that they wish to pursue.
To apply: Applicants of the Knight-Hennessy 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 required application materials there by the deadline provided on the Knight-Hennessy website, September 27, 2017. However, OGP requests that you register your intent to apply for the Knight-Hennessy here, in order to allow our office to better communicate with you while you undergo the official Knight-Hennessy application process.
Do note, in addition to the required written materials for the Knight-Hennessy application, you must: (1) Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted on your behalf to Knight-Hennessy by the official deadline, September 27, 2017. These letters should be from individuals who know you well and can speak to your “ability and determination to make a difference”. The Knight-Hennessy Selection Committee will gain access to the recommendations submitted as part of your graduate degree program application, so the letters submitted to Knight-Hennessy should complement those; and (2) Submit an application to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you wish to pursue no later than November 15, 2017. This includes submitting all requested standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, an English proficiency test) and complying with any additional requirements of the specific program/department that you are applying to.