Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of 100 high-achieving students 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.


  • Campus Deadline: August 
  • External Deadline: September (enroll at Stanford the following years)

Eligibility Requirements

  • May be of any nationality.
  • Eligible applicants must be applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford.
  • Admitted to the department of choice at Stanford.

For Knight-Hennessy Scholars, they 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

How to Apply

Applicants must apply simultaneously for admission to a specific department at Stanford and the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

Selection Process

A UB faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program.

Campus Liaison