Knight Hennessy Scholarship fosters and supports a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from Stanford University. They also provide engaging experiences that equip graduates to be visionary, brave, and collaborative leaders who tackle the complex problems facing the world.

knight Hennessy Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Within the Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) group, Knight-Hennessy scholars have exposure to a wide range of subjects and cultures in addition to developing deep topic expertise throughout their graduate studies at Stanford.

Participants in the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP) gain skills in transformational leadership through seminars, lectures, projects, and experiences.

Through KGLP, academics collaborate and get ready to tackle significant global issues like climate change, healthcare, government and policy, and education.

There are no limitations on age, college or university, subject of study, or intended career path for Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

All residents and citizens are encouraged to apply. We don’t demand that candidates look for recommendations from colleges, universities, or other organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

There are two baseline eligibility requirements.

Requirement 1: Admission to Stanford

1. You must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program, such as but not limited to, a DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or Ph.D. program in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS). At least one of the following four requirements must be met by you:

2. You are applying separately but simultaneously to KHS and a full-time graduate program at Stanford so that you can begin both in the same academic year.

3. You will apply to KHS so that you can start both in the same year even if you have already been admitted to a full-time Stanford graduate degree program and have chosen to defer your start date.

4. You are a current graduate student at Stanford who will submit an application to add a second full-time graduate degree program so that you can begin KHS and the new program in the same academic year.

5. You are currently enrolled in your first year of the Ph.D. program at Stanford, and you plan to apply to KHS so that you can begin KHS in your second year of Ph.D. enrollment.

By program or discipline, there are no quotas. Please take note that applicants who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford will receive priority consideration.

Please be aware that just a few of Stanford’s graduate degree programs accept Knight-Hennessy Scholars:

  • Applicants to the Honors Cooperative Program
  • Applicants to the Master of Liberal Arts
  • Applicants to the Doctor of Science of Law (JSD)
  • Current Stanford students applying for coterminal graduate study
  • Current Stanford Ph.D. students adding an MA or MS degree in their current discipline

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Requirement 2: Undergraduate Degree Date

Second, you must have earned, in January 2016 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.

  • To apply to join the cohort in 2023: You must have earned your first bachelor’s degree by January 2016 or later
  • To apply to join the cohort in 2024: You must have earned your first bachelor’s degree by January 2017 or later

We extend the qualifying period by two years for applicants who served in the military after completing their undergraduate studies in recognition of their prolonged service obligations; in order to enroll in 2023, you must have received your degree by January 2014 or later.

If you will complete your first degree by September 2023, you must be a current college student to qualify. We do not provide precedence depending on how recently the degree was earned during the eligibility term.

Application Guidelines

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