Whitman College

Information Session for Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Schwarzman Scholars and Ford Diversity Fellows

Please join the Office of Fellowships and Grants  to learn more about three nationally competitive post-graduate programs: the Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Schwarzman Scholars, and Ford Diversity Fellowship. Office Director Keith Raether will give an overview of each program and its application process. Please review the websites listed below and come to the session with questions.

All three programs in this information session are major sources of support for graduate study. All programs are also highly selective. Knight-Hennessy Scholars, established at Stanford University in 2016, is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of graduate students dedicated to the discovery of creative solutions to urgent global challenges. Schwarzman Scholars aims to prepare the next generation of global leaders, with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations. As its name implies, the Ford Diversity Fellowship is designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties through funding for graduate study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The K-H is not merely a funding source for a chosen graduate program at Stanford. It is a highly selective cohort program with a distinct mission statement. Each year the K-H selection committee chooses a group of 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment.

A major goal of K-H is to provide opportunities by which its scholars will build leadership skills specific to their discipline. The program funds up to three years of graduate study.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars program, launched five years ago, was created to address the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century from a unique perspective, namely, that the success of future leaders depends on a deep, nuanced understanding of China's role in global trends.

The program delivers a one-year master's degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students pursue study in one of three disciplines: public policy; economics and business; or international relations. Leadership initiatives and intensive exploration of Chinese culture and commerce complement the curriculum. Students live and study on the campus of Schwarzman College, built specifically for the program. All classes are taught in English.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

The intention of Ford’s Diversity Fellowship is three-fold: to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties; to maximize the educational benefits of diversity; and to increase the number of professors who will use diversity as a resource to enrich the education of all students.

Awards are for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice-based degree programs are not funded. Prospective students should carefully review eligibility requirements.

Dial-In Information


Tuesday, May 4 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Workshop, Information Session


Students, Virtual Campus, Alumni


Fellowships and Grants, Student Engagement Center



Student Engagement Center
Event Contact Name

Keith Raether


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