Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program seeks to identify up to 110 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue graduate education at Stanford University, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.  The Knight-Hennessy is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the numerous grand 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 you, motivate you, and hold you accountable for achieving your goals even when the odds of success seem likely against you.


Applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program are accepted from citizens of all countries.  It expects that over time about one third of Scholars will be from the United States, and about two thirds will be from countries outside the United States.

Candidates are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if they apply during their final year of study for their first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning their first/bachelor’s degree. For class that applies in 2018, that means they must or will have have graduated between January 2014 through September 2019 to enroll at Stanford in September 2019.

Applicants who apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and who are still enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of application should obtain an institutional endorsement from GW.

Amount of Award

The award covers the full cost of up to three years of graduate program.  Additionally, it includes:

  • a fellowship applied directly to cover your tuition and associated fees; health insurance and associated fees; and
  • a generous stipend covering on-campus room and board; books, supplies, and instructional materials; travel to and from Stanford; local transportation; and reasonable personal expenses.

GW Endorsement Process

Students seeking GW endorsement for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program are required to apply through CUFR's InfoReady portal.  That nomination application includes:

Two essays required by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, including:

  • Connecting the Dots;
  • Describe three distinct career paths.

Two short answer responses required by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, including:

  • Eight improbable facts about you
  • If you could take any course or study with anyone at Stanford, what or who would that be?

Unofficial GW transcript (issued by Colonial Central; no web-based transcripts please)

Current Resume

Institutional endorsements are not required from graduate students, part-time students, or alumni.  All undergraduate students seeking endorsement must submit these materials by Friday, August 17, 2018.

For more information

Please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at [email protected].