The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world.
Our eligibility requirements help you determine if you may apply to be a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a multidisciplinary and multicultural community. There are no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. We encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply. We do not require applicants to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions.
There are two baseline eligibility requirements.
- First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs. There are no quotas by discipline or program. Note that we will give priority consideration to those who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford.
- Second, you must have earned, in January 2015 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.
|To apply to join the cohort in:||You must have earned your first bachelor’s degree by:|
|2022||January 2015 or later|
|2023||January 2016 or later|
For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, we extend the eligibility window by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments; you must have earned your degree in January 2013 or later to enroll in 2022. Current college students are eligible if you will earn your first degree by September 2022. Within the eligibility window, we do not give preference based on recency of the degree.
Please note that a small number of Stanford graduate degree programs are not eligible for Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Please see the Applying to Stanford Graduate Program page for examples.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please use the questions below to determine your eligibility for the 2022 cohort.
Application 1: Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Please note important dates and deadlines for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application process. While we will continue to monitor the developments around COVID-19, as of now there is no process or deadline change in the application for the 2022 cohort. You may find more about Stanford’s statement on COVID-19 and graduate admissions here.
|Application opens||August 1, 2021|
|Application closes||October 6, 1:00 pm Pacific Time|
|Finalist notification||January 26, 2022|
|Immersion Weekend||February 25-26, 2022|
|Decision notification||March 15, 2022|
|Materials Due by Deadline||by Invitation Only|
|Background InformationTranscriptsResumeRecommendation lettersShort answers and Essay||Video (by invitation on rolling basis)Immersion Weekend (by invitation only)|
A note about test scores: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program follows the practices of your graduate degree program: if your graduate degree program does not require standardized tests, then you do not need to submit any with your Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application.
If your graduate degree program requires test scores, you must report them to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by your graduate degree program’s application deadline or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program’s application deadline, whichever is later.
Application 2: Stanford Graduate Program(s)
In addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Unless you have already deferred admission to a Stanford graduate program, you must apply to your respective Stanford graduate program(s) by the deadlines below:
|Graduate Degree Program||Application Opens||Application Deadline|
|MS in Physician Assistant Studies, School of Medicine||April 2021||August 1, 2021|
|MBA Program, Graduate School of Business||June 2021||Round 1 Deadline: September 9, 2021|
|MD Program, School of Medicine||June 2021||AMCAS Deadline:|
October 1, 2021*Supplemental Deadline: October 21, 2021
|MA, MS and PhD in Education,|
Graduate School of Education
|October 2021||November 15, 2021|
|JD and advanced degrees,|
Stanford Law School
|September 2021||December 1, 2021*|
|Any other Stanford graduate degree program||October 2021||Program’s standard deadline or|
December 1, 2021, whichever is earlier
|*MD and JD/LLM/SPILS applicants: The deadline shown in this table corresponds to the date by when Stanford must receive your completed application materials. As it may take a couple of weeks for applications to be processed through AMCAS or LSAC, we strongly encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the posted deadline.The Stanford graduate program application may require a fee to apply. Please visit the graduate program website for details. There is no fee to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars.|