Knight-Hennessy Scholars


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Postgraduate, Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
Opening date 4 May 2020
Closing date 14 October 2020


Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford University. 

Learn more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program


Applications are encouraged from citizens of all countries for all full-time graduate degree programs at Stanford.

You are eligible during your final year of student for your first/bachelor's degree or within five years of earning your first/bachelor's degree.  For the cohort that applies in 2020, that means you must have graduated in January 2014 through September 2021 to enrol at Stanford in September 2021.

A full list of eligibility criteria can be found here.


Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • submit an online application for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program
  • submit an application for the graduate degree they want to pursue at Stanford University (deadlines can vary)

Scholarships will only be granted to successful applicants who gain admission into a graduate degree program.

Applications accepted by October 2020 are for entry to Stanford University in September 2021.

Apply for this scholarship via the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program website

Selection criteria

Knight-Hennessy Scholars look primarily at three areas:

  1. Independence of Thought
    • First-step mental sharpness
    • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
    • Full of original ideas
    • Makes sense of ambiguous situations
    • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view
  2. Purposeful Leadership
    • Ambitious, in the best sense of the word
    • Driven to improve self
    • Willing to take risks
    • Self-aware
    • Persists and bounces back from adversity
  3. Civic Mindset
    • Personally humble and kind
    • Inclusive
    • Respects differences
    • Concerned for and helpful to others
    • Low ego
Applications are closed.

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