Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program for High-Achieving International Graduate Students

Knight-Hennessy Scholars program

Course(s) Offered: All disciplines
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd)
Provider: Stanford University
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
Stanford University offers the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program for students, which is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of excellent students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Each year up to 100 high-achieving students (50 in the first year) who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. Full funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.

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.

Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

1). All Citizens Are Welcome. The Program encourages applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program from citizens of all countries. That’s natural since it expects Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have global impact.

2). All Graduate Programs at Stanford; Only for Graduate Degrees. You are eligible to apply if you are applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).

While the Program is excited to build a cohort that reflects the breadth of excellence at Stanford, there are no allocations or quotas by discipline or program. Please note, however, that the Program will give priority to applicants who will spend at least two years at Stanford: it does not believe one year is sufficient to form the community it envisions and benefits from the leadership platform it is developing.

3). First/Bachelor's Degree Received in 2014 or Later; Enrolling in 2019 or Later. You are eligible to apply if you apply within four years, and enroll within five years, after you earn your first/bachelor’s degree. For the class enrolling in 2019, that means you must have graduated in 2014 or later and must apply in 2018. Te Program will select Scholars who enroll at Stanford in 2019 or later.

If you’re still in college studying for your first/bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as long as you complete your first/bachelor’s degree before you enroll as a graduate student at Stanford. Even if you have earned a graduate degree already, you remain eligible for consideration as long as you earned your first/bachelor's degree within four years of applying and five years of enrolling.

If you graduated with your first/bachelor's degree more than four years ago (in 2013 or earlier), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2014 or later.

4). Other Eligibility Requirements. Beyond the eligibility requirements listed above, you are eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program as long as you meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue.

Note: Please see official website for complete eligibility and criteria.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
Stanford University, Stanford, California

Fields of study
All graduate courses at Stanford are eligible, including the arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine

Number of awards
Up to 100 candidates (growing to 200 in future years) will be invited to Stanford University on scholarship

Sponsorship duration
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds up to the first three years of your graduate education, and if your degree program exceeds three years – such as an MD or PhD program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program – then your Stanford home department will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. (That is, e.g., six years for PhDs in engineering, five years for PhDs in humanities.)

Scholarship benefits
The Stanford education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is fully funded. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University, you receive:
  • a fellowship applied directly to cover your tuition and associated fees, and
  • a generous stipend comprising your on-campus room and board; books, supplies, and instructional materials; health insurance and associated fees; travel to and from Stanford; local transportation; and reasonable personal expenses.
You can pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine. And you build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.

Method of Application
There are two applications. One is for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, and the other is for your Stanford graduate degree program. The Knight-Hennessy Program will select you as its Scholar only if a Stanford graduate department plans to admit you. You may go through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application process. If you are selected as a finalist at the Immersion Weekend, you may then apply to the Scholars Program on or before the deadline.

You will need to follow the appropriate deadline for your graduate program. Please note that some degree programs will require you to apply earlier than the standard departmental deadline if you want to be considered for admission as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application opens on May 1, 2018. The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 enrolment is 1pm (Pacific time) on September 12, 2018

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. The school admitted its first students 125 years ago on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution.

Stanford University struggled financially after Leland Stanford's death in 1893 and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley.

Application Deadline: 12 September 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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