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Application Process

Our goal is to make the application process a worthwhile developmental experience for you, and as straightforward as possible.

How to Apply

To enroll in September 2018, you must apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program by 1:00pm (Pacific Time) on September 27, 2017, and also apply separately to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you wish to pursue.

The details are important, though.  

Separate Reviews, In Parallel

We can select  you as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar only if a Stanford graduate department plans to admit you. As you probably know, Stanford’s graduate programs are very selective. Each graduate department determines its own admission criteria, and decides which - and how many - students to admit. This means that you need to meet all the requirements for admission to your home department. Focus your application to your graduate program solely on that graduate program; do not consider the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program in that application.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program doesn't influence departmental decisions. We will, however, stay in touch with the individual graduate programs throughout the admission process to ensure that we are designating as Knight-Hennessy Scholars only those applicants whom each program has determined are among its best.

We cannot select you as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar if you are not admitted by your department - but your department may admit you even if you are not selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Who Sees What

Given the timeline, your home department will not see your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars team will review your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application and will share our assessment of your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application with your graduate degree program.

To ensure that we align with your home department, that graduate program then will share its assessment of your degree program application with the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. 

We ultimately will get access to your departmental application materials - in particular, the recommendation letters. The reviews will happen separately, though.

No Deferrals of Enrollment

If you are selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, we will not allow you to defer admission to a later year. Instead, we would ask you to reapply for admission for the year that you intend to enroll.

We will consider exceptions to this policy only under rare, extraordinary, and unforeseen circumstances that are beyond your control (e.g., health difficulties, delayed separation from the military). 

If you already have admission to one of Stanford's graduate departments and are enrolling in 2018 or later, you may apply to be a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Simply apply for the year that you would enroll in your graduate program. 


For more information, see our eligibility requirements or review the required application materials.


Last updated 29 April 2017

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