Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program (KHS) is a fully endowed graduate fellowship program at Stanford University. Knight Hennessy Scholars brings together a multidisciplinary, multicultural community of Stanford graduate students, provides leadership development that complements their graduate studies, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare graduates to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world. KHS brings together scholars from around the world and from many disciplines.

Application Materials

  • Stanford application
  • Essay
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Transcript(s)
  • Criteria:
    • Independence of Thought
    • Purposeful Leadership
    • Civic Mindset

What they’re looking for

Each year KHS selects up to 100 graduate students from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools and funds up to three years of their graduate study while also preparing scholars for leadership roles in academia, industry, government, nonprofits, and the community at large. Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Learn more on the KHS admission website and at upcoming KHS admission events.

The Knight Hennessey Scholars program seek evidence of three criteria when evaluating and selecting scholars: independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and civic mindset. Evidence of these selection criteria are found throughout the candidate's application and, if invited to participate, in a candidates video statement and at Immersion Weekend

Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Language Studies
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Law and Diplomacy
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident