Are you a potential Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University? Below is a listing of the general requirements.
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 about one third of our Scholars will be citizens of the United States, and about two thirds will be citizens of 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 your location.
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 a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program funds up to three years of your graduate education. If your degree program exceeds three years, such as an MD or PhD program, then your home department will fund the remainder of your education (to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program).
We are excited to build a cohort that reflects the breadth of excellence at Stanford. Please note, however, that we will give priority to applicants who are pursuing graduate programs that last more than one year.
Graduation Year of 2013 or Later; Enrolling in 2018 or Later
You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program if you earned your bachelor’s degree in 2013 or later. We will select Scholars who enroll at Stanford in 2018 or later.
If you’re still in college studying for your bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as long as you complete your bachelor’s degree before you enroll as a graduate student at Stanford. Even if you have earned a graduate degree already, you are eligible for consideration as long as you earned your bachelor's degree in 2013 or later.
If you graduated in 2012 or earlier, you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, even if you're earned a graduate 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
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 that you wish to pursue. You must complete the entire application process for your department - including any standardized test that your discipline requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.
While we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have performed well, there is no minimum requirement for your grades or scores.
A Special Note for Graduate Students Enrolling 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 apply for a new graduate program at Stanford that starts in 2018 or later.
Deferring Enrollment? Apply the Year Before You Enroll
Last updated 16 February 2017