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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 if you 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).

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 are pursuing graduate programs that last more than one year.

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

You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program if you apply within four years, and enroll within five years, after you earn your first/bachelor’s degree. For the pioneer class that enrolls in 2018, that means you must have graduated in 2013 or later and must apply in 2017. We will select Scholars who enroll at Stanford in 2018 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. Even if you have earned a graduate degree already, you remain eligible for consideration as long as you earned your first/bachelor's degree within four years of applying and five years of enrolling. 

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

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. 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 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 apply for a new graduate program at Stanford that starts in 2018 or later.

Deferring Enrollment? Apply the Year Before You Enroll

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).
Deferral to your graduate program is the purview of that department. If you have deferred admission to a Stanford graduate program and plan to enroll in 2018 or later, you may apply to start as a Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program for the year that you enroll in your graduate program. For example, if you have been admitted to the Stanford MBA Program and deferred enrollment to September 2020, then you would 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 Scholar. 


Last updated 06 March  2017

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