Immersion Weekend is an opportunity for you to learn more about graduate programs, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, Stanford University, other scholars, and yourself. It is also a chance for us to learn more about you. By meeting you in an interactive setting, you can convey attributes that may not come across in the online application.
This part of the process is by invitation only. After we and your graduate degree program review your respective applications, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will select up to 150 candidates to visit Stanford University, at our expense, for Immersion Weekend.
We will host Immersion Weekend for the 2022 Cohort on February 25-26, 2022. You must attend this event if you wish to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will cover your reasonable travel expenses, including lodging at Stanford, airfare, and meals on-campus.
During your visit, you will participate in individual and group activities, several of which will be evaluative. Our goal is to comprehensively preview your life as a graduate student at Stanford. Immersion Weekend is a highlight of the year for both the Knight-Hennessy Scholars community and our finalists. If you are selected as a finalist, we are confident that you too will consider it a highlight of your application experience.
Events have typically included the following:
- Faculty presentations
- Group activities
- Social events
- Visit with your graduate program (if requested by the Stanford degree program)
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: What if I am not able to travel due to restrictions from COVID-19?
A: We will continue to monitor the travel restrictions and any policy set by Stanford regarding international students. If you are unable to travel for Immersion Weekend due to COVID-19, we will arrange a virtual interview.
Q: What if I have a conflict during the Immersion Weekend dates?
A: Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or immediate family obligations, you must attend Immersion Weekend to be considered for selection to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.
Q: I need a visa to visit the US. Can you send me a letter of invitation for the visa?
A: If you are selected as a finalist, we will work with you to coordinate a visa invitation letter as necessary. We cannot provide letters of invitation before finalists are selected.
Q: I need to interview for my graduate program. May I interview for Knight-Hennessy Scholars then too?
A: No, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program interviews take place exclusively during Immersion Weekend.