Submitted by Carter M. McClintock on Tuesday, 8/20/2019, at 2:01 PM
Knight-Hennessy SCHOLARS DEADLINE: October 10, 2019

Before you start your application read the Knight-Hennessy Overview. See Application Advice for general tips on fellowship applications, advice about seeking recommendations, and examples of essays by winning candidates.

Application Components

The Knight-Hennessy application is accessed through the K-H online application portal. You can find details of the application components and requirements on their Application Requirements page. Read that page closely before you start your application. You must apply separately to your chosen Stanford graduate degree program. Note that some programs have separate earlier deadlines for prospective K-H scholars: find these deadlines on the K-H application requirements page.


You will enter contact information; basic biographic and demographic details; descriptions of activities, experiences, and interests; and other information. You will also provide answers to the following three questions:

  1. What are your immediate and long-term intentions after graduating from Stanford?
  2. Please tell us eight improbable facts (things that are unlikely but true) about you.
  3. Please tell us when you: made someone proud of you, were most challenged, did not meet expectations.

Essays: You will upload two essays to help the K-H Program staff get to know you and how you aspire to grow and learn. Together the essays must not exceed 1,000 words. Your essays will respond to the following prompts:

  1. Connect the dots. How have the influences in your life shaped you?
  2. How will your Stanford education and your Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience prepare you to realize your intentions?

Transcripts: Scan and upload transcripts of any and all undergraduate and graduate level work for each institution you attended for an academic year or longer. You can provide unofficial or self-reported transcripts. For your Amherst transcript, we strongly recommend you use an official version as it is easier to read and carries all pertinent iformation (including degree conferred with date, if you are an alum). Scan front and back. K-H does not require study abroad transcripts if those credits are included on your transcript.

Résumé: Prepare a one-page resumé that includes highlights of your experiences, interests, and academic record in reverse-chronological order. Choose a reasonably-sized font. You will have room to expand on your accomplishments within the application.

Video Supplement: After you submit your online application, you will have access to a video program where you will record a 2-minute video in which you teach something to your cohort of fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars. The goal of this exercise is to give reviewers a chance to "meet" you -- get a personal impression of you. After submitting your application, you will have until December 11, 2019 to submit the video.


Recommendation Letters Choose two recommenders who know you well, whose opinions you trust, and who want to see you succeed. Your recommenders should know you in a professional or academic capacity. Professors and supervisors are often able to provide strong recommendations.The K-H committee may also review the recommendations that are submitted in support of your graduate school application. You can ask someone to submit a recommendation in support of both your K-H application and your application for graduate study, however, these recommendations should not be the same. To request recommendations, you will enter the names and work emails of your recommenders. Do not enter a recommender's personal email address. Recommenders are asked to assess the character and leadership traits of applicants and address the questions below. Make sure the person you ask knows you well enought to respond fully (K-H expects no more, but not much less than 750 words):

  • How do you know and interact with the applicant?
  • How have the applicant's actions and insights benefited others? Please provide specific examples.
  • What is the most important constructive feedback that you have given the applicant? How did the applicant respond?
  • How has the applicant changed most since you have known each other?
    Is there anything else that we should know about the applicant?

Direct your recommenders to K-H Overview page for recommendation letter format and submission details.

Standardized Test Scores: If the graduate program to which you are applying at Stanford requires standardized test scores, you must submit them to K-H by the graduate degree program deadline. If they are not required by the department, you do not need to provide them in the fellowship application.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall, 413-542-2536,
Carter McClintock, Fellowships Specialist
213 Converse Hall, 413-542-5079,                             
Mail: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, 213 Converse Hall, Amherst, MA 01002