Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Stanford University

At a Glance

National Deadline
October 11, 2023
Term of Award
Requires Princeton Nomination
Field of Study
Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Length of Fellowship
One year, Two or more years, Varies
North America
United States
Citizenship Status
Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, U.S. citizens are eligible


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program selects 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. In addition to the opportunities that students will pursue through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, they will have ample opportunity to build leadership skills specific to their discipline.


Dr. Deirdre Moloney, [email protected], 609-258-1998


  • Citizens of all countries are eligible to apply.
  • You may apply during the final year of your first bachelor’s degree or within five years of earning your first bachelor’s degree. (U.S. military—active or veteran—applicants are granted a slight extension.) A bachelor’s degree is required by the time you would matriculate at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
  • Applicants must also apply for admission to any full-time graduate, joint-degree, or dual-degree program at Stanford University. Competitive candidates for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program are, at a minimum, competitive candidates for their selected graduate program at Stanford.

Criteria for Selection

  • Independence of thought
  • Purposeful leadership
  • Civic mindset

Application Procedure

Princeton seniors or alumni interested in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program should apply directly via the Knight-Hennessy online application; no Princeton nomination or endorsement is required. We do offer assistance with advising and application essay review. Please write to [email protected] to request information on that process.

Additional Information

For more information about the application and selection process, visit the Knight-Hennessy website.