2023-24 Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program (US Based)

Scholarship Awarding University: 
Stanford University

Type of degree: 
Masters, MBA and PhD

Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end on the 12th of October, 2022.

Scholarship Summary: 
Knight-Hennessy Scholars (domestic and international) receive funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford university. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, DMA, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees. 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 PhD 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.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria: 
To be eligible for this scholarship;
i. You must meet at least one of the following four conditions;
    1. You are applying separately but concurrently to KHS and a full-time Stanford graduate degree program such that you will start both in the same year.
    2. You have already been offered and deferred admission to a Stanford graduate degree program and will apply to KHS such that you will start both in the same year.
    3. You are a current Stanford graduate student who will apply to add a second full-time Stanford graduate degree program, such that you will start both KHS and the new program in the same year.
    4. You are a current Stanford PhD student in your first year of enrollment, and will apply to KHS such that you will start KHS in your second year of PhD enrollment. 
ii. You must have earned, in January 2016 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.

In selecting Knight-Hennessy Scholars, three criteria are being looked for:
1. Independence of Thought
2. Purposeful Leadership
3. Civic Mindset

Note: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a multidisciplinary and multicultural community. There are no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. Citizens and residents of all countries are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are also not required to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions.

Value of Scholarship: 
During each of the first three years of graduate study, Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive;
i. a fellowship applied directly to cover tuition and associated fees
ii. a stipend for living and academic expenses (such as room and board, books, academic supplies, instructional materials, local transportation, and reasonable personal expenses)
iii. a travel grant intended to cover an economy-class ticket for one annual trip to and from Stanford
iv. NOTE: Knight-Hennessy Scholars also may access supplemental funds to support academic enrichment (e.g., conference travel).

Scholarship Application Guide: 
To apply for this scholarship;
a. You must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars application will require you to indicate the Stanford graduate degree program(s) to which you will apply.
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 the deadline. (Note: You will not be able to edit once you submit your application, with the exception of test scores and recommenders)
Step 3: If necessary, update test scores for Knight-Hennessy Scholars through your application status page.
Separately: Prepare and submit all parts of your Stanford graduate degree program application by its deadline. Visit the program website to confirm its application deadline, program requirements, and any fees. Please review deadlines carefully as they vary by degree program, and some programs specify a separate application deadline specifically for Knight-Hennessy Scholars applicants
Step 4: On a rolling basis in January, the Knight Hennessy scholarship panel will invite up to 500 applicants to submit a required video.  The invitation will include submission instructions and a specific deadline. The video will typically be due 6-10 days after the invitation is received. An invitation to submit a video is an indication that Knight-Hennessy Scholars and/or the Stanford graduate degree program is interested in your candidacy and would like further review.
Step 5: After the Knight-Hennessy scholarship panel and your graduate degree program review your respective applications including video submissions, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will select up to 150 candidates to visit Stanford University, at their expense, for Immersion Weekend which holds on February 24-25, 2023. You must attend this event if you wish to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
- The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will cover your reasonable travel expenses, including lodging at Stanford, airfare, and meals on-campus.
Step 6: During your visit, you will participate in individual and group activities, several of which will be evaluative. The goal is to comprehensively preview your life as a graduate student at Stanford. Immersion Weekend is a highlight of the year for both the Knight-Hennessy Scholars community and our finalists. If you are selected as a finalist, Stanford is confident that you too will consider it a highlight of your application experience.
Step 7: All Semi-finalists will be notified of their final application decision by March 15, 2023.

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Page.