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About this scholarship

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars cultivates and supports a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare graduates to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world.

Scholars participate in up to three years of programming that complements their graduate studies and prepares them to take on leadership roles in academia, industry, government, nonprofits, and the community at large.

Scholars receive a fellowship for up to three years of tuition, depending upon their degree length. In addition, scholars receive a stipend for living and academic expenses, and a travel stipend for one annual trip to and from Stanford.

Online Knight-Hennessy Scholars Information Session for ANU on 22 April 12pm, register for the webinar here.



Tuition Fees, monthly stipend, travel grants

100 on offer

Payments made for 3 years


01-Jun-2024 to 16-Oct-2024

  • Student types

    Domestic, International, Current, Prospective, Alumni
  • Student levels

    Undergraduate, Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    100 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit

Field of study

All study fields


  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars has no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. We encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply. We do not require applicants to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions.
  • There are two baseline eligibility requirements.
    • First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS), you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs.
    • Second, you must have earned your first U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing within the last seven years. For those applying this cycle to join the 2025 cohort, you must have earned your first undergraduate degree in 2018 or later. For applicants who served in the military, we extend the eligibility window by two years.

Selection 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 intellectual ability and clear thinking
    • Communicates clearly based on reflection and introspection
    • Seeks out new knowledge, perspectives, and experiences
    • Makes sense of ambiguous circumstances
    • Generates ideas to solve problems
  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.

    • Achieves impactful results
    • Confronts challenges with courage, persistence, and resilience
    • Seeks to improve self and others
    • Includes and inspires others to effect change
    • Makes decisions in accordance with values
  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.

    • Demonstrates humility, kindness, integrity, and accountability
    • Makes a habit of serving and helping others
    • Thoughtful and considerate of others’ perspectives
    • Embraces difference and celebrates diverse opinions and experiences
    • Strives to make our world a better place

Additional information


Knight-Hennessy scholars receive funding for up to three years for any graduate degree(s) at Stanford. This funding applies to the degree(s) to which scholars are preparing to enroll at the time of scholar selection.

During each of the first three years of graduate study, Knight-Hennessy scholars receive several types of funding:

  • 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 stipend intended to cover an economy-class ticket for one annual trip to and from Stanford

Visit our website for application information.

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Online Knight-Hennessy Scholars Information Session for ANU on 22 April 12pm, register for the webinar here.

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