Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Deadline: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Optional priority draft deadline: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - July 27 is the optional priority deadline for Wellesley applicants for the Knight-Hennessy: if you submit drafts through this Google form by the July 27 deadline your future self will thank you, you are guaranteed feedback before campus deadlines, and you'll get priority in the booking of advising appointments.  

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is an exciting new scholarship and leadership development program which seeks to develop a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. With applications launched for the very first time in 2017, each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world to receive full funding to pursue a graduate or professional degree in any field offered at Stanford. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world, and is open to citizens of any country.

For full details and application, please refer to the official website ( Although there is no campus application process for the Knight-Hennessy, any prospective Wellesley applicant is warmly encouraged to reach out to the Fellowships team at Wellesley for application advice, feedback on drafts, interview prep, etc. 


Who is eligible?

  • The competition is open to citizens of any nation. (Undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, but must meet eligibility for their Stanford graduate program, including any work requirements. For more information, please see the official Knight Hennessy and Stanford websites.)
  • Applicants may be graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degrees within the last six years (in 2021, those who received their bachelor’s degrees in January 2015 or later, without an age restriction).
  • All applicants must be good candidates for the degree program of their choice at Stanford.
  • See the Knight-Hennessy website for full eligibility details and for selection criteria.

Where can I learn more?

There is a wealth of helpful information provided on the official website.  

Any prospective Wellesley applicants are warmly encouraged to refer questions to and to book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake, for application advice, feedback on essays, interview preparation, and more.

TIP: Applicants are urged to seek advice during the spring and summer, before the August rush and before classes begin in the fall! Advising is offered via video chat and phone, all summer long, as well as during the academic year and in person.


How do I apply?

Applications for the Knight-Hennessy should be submitted directly via the official website and all applicants must in addition apply for the graduate or professional degree of their choice at Stanford by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the Knight-Hennessy; see official website for details.


Application timeline

Spring and summer

  • Learn about the Scholarship, attend an information session on campus or sign up for an official webinar (see official website for dates)
  • Start to plan for your application, including talking with people you might ask to write letters of reference.
  • Ask for letters of reference EARLY: it’s a great idea to ask for letters by early August... This is much easier to do if you’ve sought advice from potential recommenders during the spring semester.  Folks travel over the summer, whether for work or vacation, and may be hard to reach, so don’t wait to reach out!

July 27 - optional draft deadline

  • If you’d like feedback in advance of the official deadline, submit drafts of materials through this Google form no later than this date (earlier and additional drafts are strongly encouraged).
  • Then book a Fellowship draft review appointment via Handshake. (Cannot find an available appointment? Drop in to Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required! See our Events listings for details of in-person and virtual pop-ups.)
  • Missed the draft deadline? We'll gladly fit you in if possible, once those who met the draft deadline have been accommodated.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Official application deadline

  • Please see official website for details and checklist of materials required for the official application, as well as detailed dates and deadlines.
  • Remember also to apply for the degree program of your choice at Stanford by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the Knight-Hennessy; see the official site for more details.

Finalists are due to be invited to interviews/immersion weekend.

Finalists attend immersion weekend at Stanford, and interview for the program (travel expenses covered by Knight-Hennessy). All finalists should hear results shortly thereafter.



Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.