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The Knight-Hennessy Scholars application is now closed. All graduate degree program applications are due by November 15, 2017.

Are  you a potential Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University? Below is a general listing of the eligibility factors.

All Citizens Welcome

We encourage applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program from citizens of all countries. That’s natural since we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have global impact.

We expect that over time about one third of our Scholars will be from the United States, and about two thirds will be from countries outside the United States. Those numbers will fluctuate from year to year, since our goal is to admit the world’s very best students, regardless of location.

Are you an international student? See how Stanford assesses international academic credentials (For questions on this, contact the Graduate Admissions Office, not the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.).

All Graduate Programs at Stanford; Only for Graduate Degrees

You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, DFA, Eng, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).

The Stanford education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is fully funded. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds up to the first three years of your graduate education, and if your degree program exceeds three years  such as an MD or PhD program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program  then your Stanford home department will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. (That is, for example, typically six years for PhDs in education, five years for PhDs in humanities.)

While we are excited to build a cohort that reflects the breadth of excellence at Stanford, there are no allocations or quotas by discipline or program. Please note, however, that we will give priority to applicants who will spend at least two years at Stanford: we do not believe one year is sufficient to form the community we envision and benefit from the leadership platform we are developing.

First/Bachelor's Degree Received in 2013 or Later; Enrolling at Stanford in 2018 or Later

You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree. For the pioneer class that applies in 2017, that means you must have graduated in January 2013 through September 2018 to enroll at Stanford in September 2018. We do not make exceptions to this policy.

If you’re still in college studying for your first/bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as long as you complete your first/bachelor’s degree before you enroll as a graduate student at Stanford. If you have earned a graduate degree, you remain eligible to apply in 2017 as long as you earned your first/bachelor's degree in 2013 or later. 

If you graduated with your first/bachelor's degree more than four years ago (in 2012 or earlier, for the pioneer class), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2013 or later. The good news is that you still may apply to the Stanford graduate program of your choice, and there are many other options for funding your graduate education at Stanford.

 

          Earned first degree in                           Apply no later than                     Enroll no later than

            2013                                                                Fall 2017                                             Fall 2018

            2014                                                                Fall 2018                                             Fall 2019

            2015                                                                Fall 2019                                             Fall 2020

            2016                                                                Fall 2020                                             Fall 2021

            2017                                                                Fall 2021                                             Fall 2022

            2018                                                                Fall 2022                                             Fall 2023

 

Other Eligibility Requirements

Beyond the eligibility requirements listed above, you are eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program as long as you meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue. In most cases, you are eligible to apply to a graduate degree program even if you did not study that precise field as an undergraduate; please contact each graduate degree program for specific information about its requirements.

You must complete not only your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, but also the entire application process for your graduate degree program  including any standardized test that your discipline requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.

Although we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have performed well  there are only 50 among the 2,600 graduate students entering Stanford annually  there is no minimum requirement for your grades or scores. 

A Special Note for Graduate Students Enrolling at Stanford Before 2018

Are you enrolled or planning to enroll as a graduate student at Stanford?

If you enroll in a graduate degree program at Stanford in 2017 or earlier, you are ineligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for your current degree program. You are, however, welcome to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you either defer enrollment to 2018 or later, or if you apply for a new graduate degree program at Stanford that starts in 2018 or later.

Deferring Enrollment? Apply the Year Before You Enroll

Deferral of enrollment to a graduate program is the purview of that department. Some programs allow deferral while others do not. Regardless of the graduate program's policy, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program does not defer Scholar offers. If you are selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and are unable to enroll, we ask you to reapply. We consider exceptions to this policy only under rare and unforeseen circumstances (e.g., delayed separation from the military, health issues).
 
If you defer enrollment to a Stanford graduate program, you may apply to start as a Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for the year that you enroll in that graduate program. For example, if you have been admitted to the Stanford MBA Program and deferred enrollment to September 2020, then you could apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in 2019 to enroll as a Scholar in 2020  thus aligning  your initial enrollment in the MBA Program and as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. 
 

 

Last updated September 27, 2017

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