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If you earned your bachelor’s degree in 2015 or later, you are eligible to apply (2013 or later for US Military).


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Application Process

Application Process

Learn about important dates and deadlines, and application requirements.

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One Cohort With Many Backgrounds

Your fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars will join Stanford from colleges and universities throughout the world, from a wide array of disciplines and professional experiences, and with a breadth of background, belief, and aspiration. This is a multifaceted community united by your curiosity and intellectual vitality, shared potential for leadership, and your humility and kindness.

Graduate Students at Stanford

Nearly 3,000 compelling graduate students enroll at Stanford annually. Next year, up to 80 (growing to 100 over time) will be Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Knight-Hennessy Scholars span all seven schools at Stanford. If you become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you'll be in good company.

All Knight-Hennessy Scholars have to apply to and be accepted by a graduate program at Stanford at the same time they apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Your graduate program will be your primary affiliation, and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will provide you with access to an additional community and opportunities tailored to scholars.

To be a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you submit two applications:

We can select you as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar only if a graduate program admits you to Stanford. The graduate program, however, may admit you to Stanford even if you are not selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Submitting Your Graduate Program Application

You should check each graduate program's website for a sense of what it seeks in candidates. You must meet the requirements for admission to your home graduate program.

Review of Applications are done separately but in parallel

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program communicates regularly with each graduate program throughout the admission process to ensure that we are designating as Knight-Hennessy Scholars only those applicants who each program has determined are among its best.

We review your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application. The graduate program reviews your application to that program. These two reviews take place separately. After reviewing your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, we share our review with your graduate program. That program also gives input to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.


Last updated June 30, 2020


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