A Unique Opportunity.
Building upon the deep domain expertise that Knight-Hennessy Scholars develop in their home departments, scholars gain exposure to a wide range of disciplines and cultures in the Knight-Hennessy community, and participate in the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP), which is designed to develop transformational leadership capabilities. Within KGLP, scholars collaborate and begin to address important challenges facing the world, such as climate change, healthcare inequity, the future of education, and criminal justice reform.
Financial Support for Cost of Attendance
As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you receive funding for up to three years for any graduate degree(s) at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar.
After enrolling at Stanford, if you wish to enroll in an additional graduate program, you may apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program to receive additional funding up to the maximum of three years. This additional funding is not guaranteed.
If a degree program exceeds three years — such as an MD or PhD program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program — then your Stanford home department(s) will often fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. This standard funding commitment varies by department and school. Please contact the graduate program with specific questions about those commitments.
During each of the first three years of graduate study, Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive:
- a fellowship applied directly to cover tuition and associated fees
- a stipend for living and academic expenses (such as room and board, books, academic supplies, instructional materials, local transportation, and reasonable personal expenses)
- a travel grant intended to cover an economy-class ticket for one annual trip to and from Stanford
- NOTE: Knight-Hennessy Scholars also may access supplemental funds to support academic enrichment (e.g., conference travel).
Additional Funding for Special Situations
If you engage in optional research projects during the summer, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program may provide summer funding, through separate application and approval. In addition, Knight-Hennessy Scholars pursuing positive impact through social ventures may be eligible to apply for seed funding.
What is Not Covered
- Fellowship stipends are taxable, but not subject to withholding (except for international students from a country without a tax treaty). Please carefully review the tax information at https://vpge.stanford.edu/fellowships-funding/policies#Taxes and be sure to budget accordingly for any tax responsibilities. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program does not reimburse students for taxes.
- Stanford Financial Aid Office graduate student budget
- Stanford Financial Services Tax Information
- Bechtel International Center Tax Information for International Students
If you have questions about how this might apply to your circumstances, were you selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, please write us for more information.
Application 1: Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Please note important dates and deadlines for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application process. While we will continue to monitor the developments around COVID-19, as of now there is no process or deadline change in the application for the 2022 cohort. You may find more about Stanford’s statement on COVID-19 and graduate admissions here.
|Application opens||August 1, 2021|
|Application closes||October 6, 1:00 pm Pacific Time|
|Finalist notification||January 26, 2022|
|Immersion Weekend||February 25-26, 2022|
|Decision notification||March 15, 2022|
|Materials Due by Deadline||by Invitation Only|
A note about test scores: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program follows the practices of your graduate degree program: if your graduate degree program does not require standardized tests, then you do not need to submit any with your Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application.
If your graduate degree program requires test scores, you must report them to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by your graduate degree program’s application deadline or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program’s application deadline, whichever is later.
Application 2: Stanford Graduate Program(s)
In addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Unless you have already deferred admission to a Stanford graduate program, you must apply to your respective Stanford graduate program(s) by the deadlines below:
|Graduate Degree Program||Application Opened||Application Deadline|
|MS in Physician Assistant Studies, School of Medicine||April 2021||TBD|
|MBA Program, Graduate School of Business||June 2021||Round 1 Deadline: September 9, 2021|
|MD Program, School of Medicine||June 2021||AMCAS Deadline:
|MS in Management Science & Engineering, School of Engineering||September 2021||TBD|
|MA and PhD in Education,
Graduate School of Education
|JD and advanced degrees,
Stanford Law School
|Any other Stanford graduate degree program||September 2021||Program’s standard deadline or
December 1, 2021, whichever is earlier
|*MD and JD/LLM/SPILS applicants: The deadline shown in this table corresponds to the date by when Stanford must receive your completed application materials. As it may take a couple of weeks for applications to be processed through AMCAS or LSAC,we strongly encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the posted deadline.
The Stanford graduate program application may require a fee to apply. Please visit the graduate program website for details. There is no fee to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars.
Our criteria clarify what we seek in your application, help you assess your alignment with our values, and prepare you to demonstrate the criteria in your application.
There is neither a typical nor a prototypical Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Each cohort is diverse by design; no two candidates are equally strong across all criteria, and you may demonstrate different strengths in different ways. As we evaluate and select Knight-Hennessy Scholars, we look for evidence of three criteria:
1. Independence of Thought
We seek visionary thinkers who are curious, open-minded, analytical, eager for cross-cultural perspective, and genuinely excited to boldly and creatively address our world’s important challenges.
- Demonstrates mental sharpness and intellectual ability
- Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
- Full of original ideas
- Makes sense of ambiguity
- Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view
2. Purposeful Leadership
We seek courageous leaders who are ethical, decisive, resilient, driven to achieve meaningful results, and motivated to inspire others to effect positive change at scale.
- Ambitious in service of a better world
- Driven to improve self and others
- Able to include and elevate others
- Self-aware and adaptable
- Persistent and resilient
3. Civic Mindset
We seek collaborative community members who are humble, empathetic, trustworthy, oriented to act in service of others, and deeply passionate about contributing to the greater good.
- Personally humble and kind
- Supportive and accountable
- Embraces difference
- Concerned for and helpful to others
We find evidence of these selection criteria throughout your application and, if you are selected as a finalist, at Immersion Weekend. We look forward to getting to know you, including what you have done, who you are now, and what you aspire to do in the future.
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