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The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of up to 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.

Each year up to 100 high-achieving students who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

  • Full funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.
  • Pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine.
  • Build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges.

As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the numerous grand challenges and opportunities of the future. You will be part of a unique community of change agents from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is a community that will support you, motivate you, and hold you accountable for achieving your goals even when the odds of success seem likely against you.

The program includes aspects of 

  • Leadership Development
  • Mentorship
  • Experiential Learning

There are two applications: one is for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, and the other is for your Stanford graduate degree program. 

Visit the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Website for information about the Application Requirements.