Knight Hennessy Scholarships provides full funding to 100 graduate students annually to study in any graduate schools in Stanford University. This fellowship is the largest endowed fellowship in the world with its endowment totaling $750 million.

Its goal is to produce world’s global leaders who will impact the world. To fulfill this goal, the fellows are educated in one of the world’s most renowned universities: Stanford. If you are interested, visit the Stanford University Acceptance Rates.

Every student is eligible to apply for this fellowship. International students are welcome to apply because of its goal to produce world’s global leaders who will impact the world. About 1/3 of the fellows will be from United States, and the remaining 2/3 from around the world.

Knight Hennessy Scholarships Awards

This scholarship covers full cost of attendance. Specifically, it covers:

  1. Tuition and Fees
  2. Room and Board
  3. Books
  4. Supplies
  5. Instruction Materials
  6. Health Insurance
  7. Transportation
  8. Personal Expenses

A Knight Hennessy Scholarship recipients will receive $120,000 a year covering approximately $80,000 in tuition and $40,000 in non-tuition expenses. Also, they are eligible to receive more funding if they are engaged in research during the summer.

This fellowship funds for any graduate degree in Stanford (MBA, MA, MS, Ph.D., MD, etc.). A fellow pursuing a Master’s degree will typically receive two years of full funding, and a fellow pursuing a Ph.D. will typically receive five to six years of full funding.

Please see Knight-Hennessy Scholarships for more information about financial support.



  1. Apply within four years of completing your first bachelor’s degree.
  2. Finish all the application materials for the department of your choice.
  3. All students (including international students) are welcome to apply if they meet the previous two requirements.

Please see Eligibility Criteria for more information.


Application Requirements for Knight Hennessy Scholarships

  1. Online Application
  2. Transcript
  3. Standardized Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc.)
  4. Resume or C.V.
  5. Two Recommendation Letters
  6. Two Personal Essays
  7. Two Short Answer Responses
  8. Video Submission
  9. In-person Assessment

Additionally, you need to complete your application to specific graduate school that you are applying to (MBA, Law School, Department of Chemistry, etc.)

For more information, visit Knight Hennessy Scholarships Application Requirements.


Application Deadlines

Fall  Application- Application closes in September 27.

If the deadline has passed, this scholarship is given every year. So, please thoroughly prepare the required documents and essays and apply next year.


How to Apply

You would need to submit the online application that is available in the official website. You can access the online application in this link.

Check Also: Available Programs for International Students

What qualities does a Knight Hennessy Scholarship recipient possess?

The following qualities are listed in the Knight Hennessy scholarships website:

1. Independence of Thought

  • First-step mental sharpness
  • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
  • Full of original ideas
  • Makes sense of ambiguous situations
  • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view

2. Purposeful Leadership

  • Ambitious, in the best sense of the word
  • Driven to improve self
  • Willing to take risks
  • Self-aware
  • Persists and bounces back from adversity

3. Civic Mindset

  • Personally humble and kind
  • Inclusive
  • Respects differences
  • Concerned for and helpful to others
  • Low ego

If you possess these characteristics that this scholarship is looking for, I highly suggest that you would consider applying to this fellowship.

For more information about the Knight-Hennessy scholarships, visit the this website.

There are many universities that offer fully funded scholarships to international students. To know more information on studying abroad, check out the Available Programs for International Students.

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hi! I am Hyun, and I am the founder at Global Scholarships. I've received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College and a $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for my undergraduate degree and was offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. You can read more about my scholarship journey here. If you are interested, you can follow me on Linkedin where I regularly write about scholarship opportunities.

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