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 Knight-Hennessy Scholars 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 U.S., and about two thirds will be from countries outside the U.S. Those numbers will fluctuate from year to year, since our goal is to admit the world’s very best students, regardless of location.
Did you earn a degree at an institution outside the U.S.? To be eligible for graduate study, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See Stanford's guidelines for minimum level of study. (For questions on this policy, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, 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, DMA, 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. (For example, some programs typically fund six years for PhDs, while others fund five years for PhDs.)
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.
*The Department of Philosophy does not participate in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. As such, we cannot consider candidates applying only to Philosophy degree programs. You may, however, apply for an MA or PhD in Philosophy as the second degree in a Stanford dual-degree program (e.g., JD+PhD, MD+MA).
First/Bachelor's Degree Received in 2014 or Later; Enrolling at Stanford in 2020 or Later
You are eligible to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within five years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree. For the cohort that applies in 2019, that means you must have graduated in January 2014 through September 2020 to enroll at Stanford in September 2020. For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, you are eligible if you earned your undergraduate (bachelor's or first) degree in 2012 or later.
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 2019 as long as you earned your first/bachelor's degree in 2014 or later.
If you graduated with your first/bachelor's degree more than five years ago (in 2013 or earlier), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2014 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.
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2014 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
2015 Fall 2020 Fall 2021
2016 Fall 2021 Fall 2022
2017 Fall 2022 Fall 2023
2018 Fall 2023 Fall 2024
2019 Fall 2024 Fall 2025
2020 Fall 2025 Fall 2026
Other Eligibility Requirements
Beyond the eligibility requirements listed above, you are eligible for Knight-Hennessy Scholars 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 graduate degree program requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test (TOEFL; or, for MBA program only, IELTS).
Although 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 at Stanford Before 2020
Are you enrolled or planning to enroll as a graduate student at Stanford?
If you enroll in a graduate degree program at Stanford in 2019 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 2020 or later, or if you apply for a new graduate degree program at Stanford that starts in 2020 or later.
Deferring Enrollment? Apply the Year Before You Enroll
Last updated January 24, 2019