Knight-Hennessy Scholarship*

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: August 22, 2018 (noon)
Campus Interview: August 31, 2018
Official Knight-Hennessy Deadline: September 12, 2018 (10:00 a.m.)
Web site:
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research

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Description. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Knight-Hennessy Scholars may pursue a graduate education in any of Stanford’s graduate programs. Knight-Hennessy Scholars you may pursue an education in any of Stanford’s graduate programs. They welcome students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in Stanford's schools of business; earth, energy and environmental sciences; education; engineering; humanities and sciences; law; and medicine  – all of which are rated among the best in the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars are ambitious, in the best sense, and will drive large-scale change in our complex world. Annually, 50 scholars will be selected from around the globe.

Benefits. The education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is fully funded for any graduate degree at Stanford. 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.) 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. If you engage in optional research projects during the summer, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program can provide summer funding. In addition, Knight-Hennessy Scholars pursuing positive impact through social entrepreneurship may be eligible to apply for seed funding.


  • Citizens of all countries are encouraged to apply. (Note:  It is anticipated that roughly 1/3 of the selected scholars will be from the U.S.)
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if they are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply during their final year of study for their first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning their first/bachelor’s degree (even if they have earned a graduate degree).
  • Applicants must meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that they wish to pursue.
  • Applicants must complete not only the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, but also the entire application process for the relevant graduate degree program - including any standardized test required by the department (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.

Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process.  By the Initial Bowdoin Deadline, (see above), applicants must:

  • Submit a copy of their Knight-Hennessy application to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research. Applications can either be printed or saved as a PDF and can be hand-delivered to Gina Pappas in 110 Moulton Union or electronically submitted to
  • Unofficial academic history from Polaris.  This document can either be hand-delivered to Gina Pappas in 110 Moulton Union or electronically submitted to
  • Two draft letters of recommendation, which can be hand-delivered to Gina Pappas in 110 Moulton Union or electronically submitted to
  • Signed and witnessed "Permission Form and Waiver" to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.  This document can either be hand-delivered to Gina Pappas in 110 Moulton Union or e-mailed to

The Committee will review these materials and interview all applicants deemed competitive.

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.

Materials for Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s endorsement, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your application materials as well as to remind your recommenders of the relevant deadlines. In addition, you are responsible for submitting your applications by the relevant deadlines to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program and to the appropriate graduate program. 

  • Electronically submit a complete Knight-Hennessy Scholarship online application.  Please see the Knight-Hennessey website for complete details regarding the application materials.  Note: the Office of Student Fellowships and Research will be responsible for uploading the College's institutional endorsement. 
  • Electronically submit a complete application specific to your selected Stanford graduate degree program.  You must separately apply to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you want to pursue, The requirements of and deadline for the graduate degree program depends on the specific program.  FMI: click here.
  • Provide the Office of Student Fellowships and Research with one complete printout of your application.

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.