Funding for graduate or professional school at Stanford University


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Award recipients


Julie Uchitel

Marshall Scholar, Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Niisoja Torto

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Gilman Scholar

Jenny Jiao

Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Maya Durvasula

Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Truman Scholar

Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA, Undocumented, Non-US Citizenships


Senior, Entering Graduate



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program funds up to three years of graduate education with a matching commitment from home departments in longer programs such as MD or PhDs. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also receive stipends for room and board, books, travel to and from Stanford, and all reasonable personal expenses.


Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will 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. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you may pursue an education in any of Stanford’s graduate programs. We welcome students pursuing master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in law, business, medicine, engineering, humanities and sciences, education, and earth, energy and environmental sciences – all of which are ranked among the top five in the world. 


Citizens of all nations are eligible to apply. You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program if you are applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS). Applicants must not have graduated with their Bachelor's degree more than 4 years before the year they apply. While we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have performed well, there is no minimum requirement for your grades or scores.

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