Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program was announced in 2016 and will annually identify a group of up to 100 (up to 50 in its inaugural year) 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. After its announcement, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars was recognized as the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Who Should Apply:

Apply for the campus deadline if you are graduating senior. All applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within four years of the application deadline. Applicants must also complete an application to their program of interest at Stanford by that program’s deadline. Selection criteria include independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and civic mindset. Academic excellence is expected (recommended unweighted GPA of 3.7+); however, you must gain admission from your Stanford graduate program and should therefore become familiar with their recommendations and requirements, which may be lower or higher than general benchmarks.

Program Duration:

Varies; based on length of graduate award. Degrees that are two years or longer in duration will receive preference. Knight-Hennessy will fund up to the first three years of your graduate program; if your program(s) are longer, the balance of your eligible educational expenses will be funded by your home Stanford department.

Number & Amount Available:

50 awards in the first cycle; up to 100 awards annually afterwards. Award fully funds graduate expenses at Stanford.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Recommended GPA:
3.7 and above (unweighted)
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

August 1, 2017 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to submit an endorsement application, you must submit your materials by the campus application deadline posted with our online submission form (click for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Download application instructions for the campus deadline here as a PDF file.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (click for the link). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program NC State endorsement interview date (interview required for endorsement):
To be confirmed. Please hold the following date and time on your calendar: August 18, 2017, 8AM-5PM ET. If you will be out of town and cannot reschedule, contact us immediately and no later than the campus deadline.
National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
Late September 2017