The video statement gives you an opportunity to “introduce yourself” and bring to life the person behind the application.
This part of the process is by invitation only. On a rolling basis in January, we will invite up to 500 applicants to submit a required video. The invitation will include submission instructions and a specific deadline. The video will typically be due 6-10 days after the invitation is received. An invitation to submit a video is an indication that Knight-Hennessy Scholars and/or the Stanford graduate degree program is interested in your candidacy and would like further review.
The video stands apart from the other application materials as a platform to express yourself beyond the written word. The video statement is broad by design; we offer an open-ended prompt to give you agency over what you present and how you present it. We hope you will approach this video not as a performance but as another authentic representation of the applicant behind the application.
The video topic: Teach something to your cohort of fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars.
- There is no attention — zero emphasis! — on the production value of your video.
- We are not evaluating your choice of topic. You may choose any topic that you find meaningful and/or enjoyable to teach.
- You must record the video using the online application. We cannot review videos on other sites, and you may not upload external videos to the online application.
- Your video may be no longer than two minutes. If you only need 30 seconds, that's fine.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: Does my video have to be about something academic?
A: No, the prompt is intentionally broad so that you may select from a wide range of topics.
Q: May I submit a video before I receive an invitation to do so?
A: We will review video submissions only from applicants whom we invited to submit a video. We share the video topic publicly so you are already familiar with the topic in case of an invitation to submit a video.
Last updated April 29, 2021