Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

United States
Term: Academic Year

Provides full funding for graduate study in any field at Stanford as part of a community of global leaders

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program brings together a group of 100 high-achieving students each year (50 in the inaugural year) from around the world to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars will have demonstrated leadership and civic commitment.

The goal of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is to develop a new generation of global leaders. It is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Tailored workshops and individual coaching and feedback will hone scholars’ capacity for collaborative leadership. Special mentors from the Distinguished Careers Institute are part of the program.

For further information and future events visit: Knight-Hennessy Scholars Online Events.

University nomination

No University nomination is required for this program. Students apply directly through the Knight-Hennessy website and do not need an institutional endorsement from Columbia. You should also arrange for your letters of recommendation to be submitted by your recommenders directly to this program no later than the deadline provided.


Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and School of General Studies students and alumni/ae who have graduated no more than five years before the application deadline are eligible to apply. For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, the eligibility window is extended by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments. Current college students are eligible if you will earn your first degree by September in the year you wish to join the Knight-Hennessy. Within the eligibility window, Knight-Hennessy does not give preference based on recency of the degree.

Candidates must also apply to a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford or to one of Stanford’s joint- and dual- graduate degree programs, and they must meet the eligibility requirements for their program. Priority is given to applicants who are pursuing graduate programs that last two years or longer. There are no citizenship requirements.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Application deadline is no later than 1:00pm (Pacific Time) on the deadline provided