Preparing Leaders for the 21st Century and Beyond
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.
As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the numerous grand challenges and opportunities of the future. You will be part of a unique community of change agents from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is a community that will support you, motivate you, and hold you accountable for achieving your goals even when the odds of success seem likely against you.
Building on departmental programs, you will learn to communicate, collaborate, and innovate with your fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars from other disciplines. We believe these relationships - breaking down traditional academic silos - will be essential to your ability to discover new solutions that will advance humanity. Tailored workshops and individual coaching and feedback will hone your capacity for collaborative leadership. A clearer understanding of yourself and others will allow you to influence even when you lack authority. We also will place particular emphasis on the art of storytelling and your ability to find your voice and tell your story. These essential skills form the foundation for your development as a leader in your field.
In addition to the opportunities that you will pursue through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, you’ll find ample opportunity to build leadership skills specific to your discipline. Each of Stanford’s graduate departments offers courses and structured programs designed for students within its field. The Vice-Provost for Graduate Education also offers a comprehensive professional-development framework for all Stanford graduate students.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars will have the opportunity to spend time with established leaders in both informal and formal settings. These encounters will be available both as intimate conversations exclusively within your community as well as one-on-one meetings with experts in your areas of interest. The presence of a Fellow in Residence, a distinguished global leader residing on campus, will allow for the chance to build meaningful relationships and go in depth in the Fellow’s area of expertise.
Finally, you will also have the opportunity to work with special mentors from the Distinguished Careers Institute and meet one-on-one or in small groups with members of our Global Advisory Board, whom hail from a diverse range of fields.
The pace of your graduate studies will be intense. Given the demands on your time, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program will provide a flexible array of activities - community experiences, group workshops, meetings with leaders in your field, and personal development opportunities comprising the King Global Leadership Program. In small, multidisciplinary teams, you will reflect on your own leadership ability and participate in practical group exercises designed to challenge you. You will confront real-world problems that require real-world solutions. You will weave these opportunities into your time at Stanford. A diverse and supportive community of scholars will inspire and encourage you along the way.