Deadline: October 9, 2019. Must apply concurrently to grad program at Stanford.

Deadline to seek UCLA endorsement letter: August 23

Official Knight-Hennessy Scholars Website  


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of 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.

Eligibility and application requirements

It is for graduate study in any field (including the JD, MA, MBA, MFA, MS, and PhD degrees) at Stanford.

Applicants must apply separately to Stanford. (Check deadlines carefully for all programs, as they vary! For most grad programs, applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars moves your deadline up to mid-November. For MD applicants, you will need to complete your secondary application quickly. For MBA applicants, you must apply during Round 1.)


  • Two essays
  • Resume
  • Video
  • Short answers
  • Transcripts and test scores
  • Recommendation letters (two- plus an institutional endorsement letter if you seek it)
  • In-person assessment for finalists (by invitation only)

If you would like to apply for the Fellowship Advisor’s endorsement, please contact the SRC and submit the following by August 23:

  • Drafts of your essays
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Annotated resume
  • Letter of recommendation

The SRC can provide counseling as you work on your application. Please contact us for assistance!