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Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University

Deadline 10/10/2019
Eligibility Seniors and recent alumni applying for graduate degree programs at Stanford
Contact Christopher Carr
Website https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu


Inspired by the impact of existing global scholarships, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program offers a transformative experience comprised of opportunities for leadership development, mentorship, and immersive interdisciplinary experiential learning. The Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate and professional-school students dedicated to effect positive change in the world by finding creative and collaborative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Award winners will be part of a unique and supportive community of change agents from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds.


Citizens of all countries are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants to any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or joint- and dual-degree programs (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS) are eligible to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Program. Knight-Hennessy will give priority to applicants pursuing graduate programs that last for more than one year.

Applicants must apply for the Knight-Hennessy within four years (enrolling within five years) of the applicant’s first bachelor’s degree. 

Applicants are eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program as long as they meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that they wish to pursue.

There is no minimum requirement for grades or test scores.


Every year, up to 100 Knight-Hennessy Scholars across Stanford's graduate programs will receive up to three years of full funding comprising tuition, on-campus room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, a stipend, and more.


      You will apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program and separately to the specific Stanford graduate degree program in which you want to study. Selection as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar is contingent upon departmental admission. The departmental and scholarship reviews will happen separately; the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program does not influence departmental decisions.
      Application Materials: Please note that these materials differ from those requested by the specific academic department to which you are applying.
      1.  Online application (including personal and academic information, etc.). You must complete the application and submit it online, including:

        •     An unofficial or self-reported transcript of your academic performance.
        •     Test scores required by the graduate program that you are pursuing
      2.  Resume/C.V.: You will include a resume or curriculum vitae that provides an overview of your education, personal activities, and professional experiences.

      3.  Two recommendation letters:  Select two individuals who know you well enough to provide specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of your ability and determination to make a difference. Your Knight-Hennessy Scholars recommendation letters are the only letters that the committee will review before providing input to the Stanford graduate program to which you’ve applied. Once your graduate degree program shares its feedback with the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the Knight-Hennessy committee will review your departmental recommendation letters. Therefore, your recommendation choices for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program should make a compelling case for the Knight-Hennessy taking into consideration the criteria for the scholarship. 

      While the Knight-Hennessy scholarship mentions that enrolled students could substitute one institutional endorsement letter in lieu of one of the letters of recommendation, Brown strongly encourages its candidates to seek two substantive letters from people who know them very well. 

      4.  Two personal essays

      5.  Video submission: This medium gives you a chance to introduce yourself and present a different view of the person we have met in your application. You should not worry about production value for this; the admissions team just wants to have a chance to meet you.