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Each year up to 90 high-achieving students who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

  • Funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.
  • Pursue a graduate degree in any of Stanford's seven schools, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine.
  • Build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.
  • Students who earned a bachelor's degree in 2014 or later are eligible to apply to the 2020 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants are eligible if you earned your bachelor's degree in 2012 or later.
  • The deadline to apply for the 2020 cohort is Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 1:00pm Pacific Time.


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Application Requirements

Apply separately to Knight-Hennessy Scholars and the Stanford graduate degree of your choice.
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If you earned your bachelor’s degree in 2014 or later, you are eligible to be a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
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Here's what we're looking for in future scholars.
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