Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program Overview

What is the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

National Deadline:

October 9, 2024 

1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT 

Contact the Office of Fellowships for support at least one month before this deadline.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars' educational costs are fully funded for any graduate degree at Stanford. The program provides leadership development, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities. Scholars learn to communicate, collaborate, and innovate with their fellow Scholars from other disciplines through tailored workshops, individual coaching, and feedback. A particular emphasis is placed on the art of storytelling and supporting Scholars in finding their voices and telling their stories.

While Knight-Hennessy Scholars live within the Stanford graduate community and pursue their studies across the Stanford campus Denning House serves as the hub of the K-H community. This space is dedicated to ongoing interaction among Scholars, distinguished visitors, and program alumni.

Award Details

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How do I apply and what do I need?

Visit the Knight-Hennessy Admission page for more information on how to apply for this fellowship, including information on application components, documents you’ll need to upload and documents that you’ll need to request from your recommenders.

Information for Recommenders

Recommendations for KHS are serious business, and ought to carry an attentive, personal quality. Writers are asked to offer their own insights on their knowledge of the applicant's qualifications, their desire to support the candidate, and are reflective of their time spent authoring a strong endorsement. 

Please consult this advice for recommenders to review the three components of a solid recommendation.

Pay careful attention to the recommendation prompts: 

  1. How do you know and interact with the applicant?
  2. Describe how the applicant demonstrates intellectual curiosity and creativity to address challenges.
  3. Describe how the applicant takes initiative to achieve meaningful results and effect positive change.
  4. Describe how the applicant acts in service of others to elevate the greater good.
  5. Is there anything else -- positive or negative -- that we should know about the applicant?

Format and submission: 12 pt font; double spaced; no word limit, though 750 words is considered sufficient; PDF or Word documents drafted in a word processor work well with the online system, to which recommenders will receive an email generated by the applicant. This email will contain the link to the assessment form and a place to upload the letter.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall


Physical address: 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002

Mailing Address: AC #2214, PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002