Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University
Field of Study: Not Specified
Country of scholarship: USA
Country of Citizenship: All Countries

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) programme at Stanford University aims to develop an international, multidisciplinary community of up-and-coming leaders ready to take on society’s challenging problems.

All Knight-Hennessy scholars are Stanford University graduate students who join Knight-Hennessy Scholars in addition to enrolling in a degree programme at any of Stanford’s seven graduate schools. The KHS programme has no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. Citizens and residents of all countries are encouraged to apply.

Scholars receive up to three years of funding to cover tuition and other expenses while pursuing a full-time Stanford graduate degree, such as a D.M.A., J.D., M.A., M.B.A., M.D., M.F.A., M.P.P., M.S., or Ph.D.

In addition, the programme provides opportunities for scholars to increase their knowledge, sharpen their talents, and fortify their moral character through participation in community service projects, workshops, meetings with influential people, domestic and international study excursions, and other chances for personal growth.

The programme aims to give scholars the tools they need to build their leadership skills and to make a significant difference in the world.


11 October 2023 at 1 p.m. U.S. Pacific time.


Up to 3 years


  • A fellowship covering tuition and fees for up to three years, depending on your degree length.
  • A stipend for living and academic expenses.
  • A travel stipend for one annual trip to and from Stanford.
  • A one-time relocation stipend for newly enrolled scholars.
  • Supplemental funds for scholars in their second and third years to support academic enrichment activities (e.g., conference travel).


Requirement 1: At least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • You are applying separately but concurrently to KHS and a full-time Stanford graduate degree programme, such that you will start both in the same year.
  • You have already been offered admission to a full-time Stanford graduate degree programme, and will apply to KHS such that you will start both in the same year.
  • You are a current Stanford graduate student who will apply to add a second full-time Stanford graduate degree programme, such that you will start both KHS and the new programme in the same year.
  • You are a current Stanford Ph.D. student in your first year of enrollment, and will apply to KHS such that you will start KHS in your second year of Ph.D. enrollment.

Requirement 2: You must have earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing no more than seven years before your intended enrollment date. For the 2024 cohort, that means you must have earned your first degree in January 2017 or later.

How to Apply

You must separately apply to both your Stanford graduate degree programme and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars programme. Each graduate degree programme at Stanford sets its own application date. Check the website for your selected programme to confirm the application deadline, which is typically sooner.

Your Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) and your Stanford degree programme applications will be reviewed by separate admission committees. Your Stanford degree programme will communicate its admission decision to you on its own timeline. The KHS committee will notify selected finalists in late January.

The initial KHS application process has five required components:

For selected KHS finalists, there are two additional components that are by invitation only: submitting a video statement and attending an Immersion Weekend at Stanford.

Immersion Weekend for the 2024 cohort will be held on March 1 and 2, 2024. KHS will cover reasonable travel expenses, including lodging at Stanford, airfare, and meals on campus.


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