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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

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The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship is an international graduate level scholarship for study at Stanford University. Through this program, scholars develop the skills to communicate, collaborate, and innovate across disciplines to tackle complex challenges and discover new solutions in order to advance humanity. The scholarship covers tuition fees, a living stipend, and a travel stipend for travel to and from Stanford University for 3 years.

Scholarship Amount

Tuition fees, a living stipend, and a travel stipend

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • ~100 per year
    • ~1/3 U.S. students
    • ~2/3 international students


  • Meet the requirements of the graduate program you wish to pursue
    • You have to apply and be accepted to your desired graduate program
    • You have to apply to enroll full-time at Stanford University
  • Hold a bachelor's degree by the start of the award
  • Received your first bachelor's degree within 6 years of applying
    • U.S. military (active or veteran) receive a 2-year extension and are eligible to apply if you received your bachelor's degree within 8 years of applying

Selection Criteria

  • Independence of Thought
    • Exhibit first-step mental sharpness
    • Seek out knowledge and new experiences
    • Full of original ideas
    • Make sense of ambiguity
    • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view
  • Purposeful Leadership
    • Ambitious, in the best sense
    • Driven to improve yourself
    • Able to bring other along
    • Self-aware
    • Persistent and resilient
  • Civic Mindset
    • Personally humble and kind
    • Supportive and accountable
    • Embrace differences
    • Concern for and helpful to others

The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship committee finds evidence of these selection criteria through the application and, if you are selected as a finalist, at Immersion Weekend.

Application Material

  • Knight-Hennessy Application
    • Short answers
    • Essay
    • Video statement, submitted after the application
  • Stanford University Graduate Degree Program Application
  • Standardized tests, if applicable to the graduate degree you are applying to
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation

University Endorsement Process

University endorsement for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship is optional. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline.


University Deadline:

National Deadline:


May: Knight-Hennessy Application Opens

August 28, 2023: Optional University Deadline

October 11, 2023 by 2 pm MST: National Deadline

February: Notification of finalists

March: Immersion weekend

April: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship

3 years

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