The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship 2021-2022 for international students is now open for applications and the deadline to submit your application is October 14, 2020. International students willing to study at Stanford University under Knight Hennessy Scholars program can now try their luck to win this prestigious scholarship award.
As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the intractable 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 and motivate you at Stanford and beyond.
As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you will learn to communicate, collaborate, and innovate with your fellow scholars from other disciplines. We believe these relationships — breaking down traditional academic silos — will be essential to your ability to discover new solutions that will advance humanity. The elements of the King Global Leadership Program will hone your capacity for collaborative leadership. You will gain a better understanding of yourself and others, allowing you to influence and lead better.
In addition to the opportunities that you will pursue through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, you will have ample opportunity to build expertise and leadership skills specific to your discipline. Each of Stanford’s graduate departments offers courses and structured programs designed for students within its field.
Coverage and Benefits of Knight Hennessy Scholar Program
The education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is funded 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. If your degree program exceeds three years — such as an MD or Ph.D. program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program — then your Stanford home department(s) will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. (That means, for example, your program may fund you for one additional year for some PhDs and three additional years for others.)
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).
After enrolling at Stanford, you may wish to enroll in an additional graduate program. In this case, you may apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program to receive additional funding up to a maximum of three years. Additional funding is not guaranteed.
What is Not Covered in the Knight Hennessy Scholarship?
- The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program typically does not cover costs that your home department at Stanford pays for its students – such as for subscriptions or lab equipment.
- Fellowship stipends may be considered taxable income. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program does not reimburse students for taxes.
Eligibility to apply for the Knight Hennessy Scholarship
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to be open to a broad set of qualified applicants. As such, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, age, the field of study, career aspiration, etc. — nor are applicants required to seek endorsements from institutions.
Beyond eligibility for your graduate program, the eligibility factor is the year you received your undergraduate degree. Please use the guidelines below to determine whether you are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for autumn 2021 enrollment.
Applicants from All Countries Welcome
We encourage applications to Knight-Hennessy Scholars from residents of all countries.
You can apply for any Course offered by International Graduate Office of Stanford
You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you are applying to enroll in a full-time graduate program(s) at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).
While Stanford is excited to build a cohort that reflects the breadth of excellence at Stanford, there are no allocations or quotas by discipline or program.
Rooted in the year you received your undergraduate degree
You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you received your first/bachelor’s degree in 2014 or later. That means:
- You must have graduated from January 2014 through Sept. 2021 to enroll at Stanford in autumn 2021.
- U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants: You receive a two-year extension of eligibility due to longer service commitments. You are eligible if you earned your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree in 2012 or later.
If you are still in college studying for your first/bachelor’s degree, you are eligible to apply as long as you will complete your first/bachelor’s degree before you enroll as a graduate student at Stanford.
How to apply for the Knight Hennessy Scholarship at Stanford?
Stanford designed the Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission process with the goals of allowing you to know yourself better, enabling us to understand you, and empowering you to make your best case for admission — all while making the application process itself a great experience for you.
You must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program. Please determine which Stanford graduate program you will apply to pursue as you will be asked for that information in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application.
- Step 1: Start your online application for Knight-Hennessy Scholars and prepare application requirements. (Tip: Ask your recommenders early.)
- Step 2: Submit the online application for Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Pacific Time. (Note: You will not be able to edit once you submit your application.)
- Step 3: If necessary, update test scores for Knight-Hennessy Scholars through your application status page. Upload video by December 9, 2020, through the link provided on your application status page. (Note: The status page is visible only after you submit your application.)
- Separately: Prepare and submit the application for the Stanford graduate program you are interested in pursuing by its deadline. Visit the website of the program you are interested in for its application deadline, program requirements, and any fees. Pay close attention to any deadline specific to Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, as it may differ from the standard deadline for that program.
Knight Hennessy Online Application Requirements:
Again, you must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate program of choice.
- You must submit all Knight-Hennessy Scholars application materials in English via our online application. We do not accept materials sent via email or postal mail.
- We highly recommend that you apply using a current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- For reference only, here is a PDF sample of the application for the autumn 2021 intake.
Start your application for Knight Hennessy Scholarship here.