Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for Stanford Graduate Program 2022-23 [Fully Funded; 100 Positions]: Apply by Oct 6: Expired

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for Stanford Graduate Program 2022-23.

About the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

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. They encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply.  They 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, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs. There are no quotas by discipline or program. Note that they will give priority consideration to those who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford. 
  • Second, you must have earned, in January 2015 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.
To apply to join the cohort in:You  must have earned your first bachelor’s degree by:
2022January 2015 or later
2023January 2016 or later

For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, they extend the eligibility window by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments; you must have earned your degree in January 2013 or later to enroll in 2022. Current college students are eligible if you will earn your first degree by September 2022.  Within the eligibility window, they do not give preference based on recency of the degree.


Their criteria clarify what they seek in your application, help you assess your alignment with their values, and prepare you to demonstrate the criteria in your application.

There is neither a typical nor a prototypical Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Each cohort is diverse by design; no two candidates are equally strong across all criteria, and you may demonstrate different strengths in different ways. As they evaluate and select Knight-Hennessy Scholars, we look for evidence of three criteria:

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1. Independence of Thought

They 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 mental sharpness and intellectual ability
  • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
  • Full of original ideas
  • Makes sense of ambiguity
  • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view

2. Purposeful Leadership

They seek courageous leaders who are ethical, decisive, resilient, driven to achieve meaningful results, and motivated to inspire others to effect positive change at scale.

  • Ambitious in service of a better world
  • Driven to improve self and others
  • Able to include and elevate others 
  • Self-aware and adaptable
  • Persistent and resilient

3. Civic Mindset

They 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.

  • Personally humble and kind
  • Supportive and accountable
  • Embraces difference
  • Concerned for and helpful to others
Application Process

Applying for the Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program

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

Again, you must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program.

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship through this link.

Important Dates
Application opensAugust 1, 2021
Application closesOctober 6, 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Finalist notificationJanuary 26, 2022
Immersion WeekendFebruary 25-26, 2022
Decision notificationMarch 15, 2022
Click here to view the official notification for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for Stanford Graduate Program 2022-23.

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