Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program – Stanford University

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program - Stanford University

  • Post Date:July 14, 2022
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  • Location USA
    Language English
Job Description


As you consider whether Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the right complement to your Stanford graduate studies, we invite you to explore why we existwho we arewhat we dowhere we do it, and how we financially support you. We also encourage you to consider the benefits of joining a multidisciplinary and multicultural cohort.

A Multidisciplinary Cohort

Nearly 3,000 graduate students enroll at Stanford annually. Next year, more than 80 (growing to 100 over time) will be Knight-Hennessy scholars. Knight-Hennessy scholars span all seven schools at the university and bring a wide array of diverse academic experiences prior to enrolling at Stanford.  Knight-Hennessy scholars are surrounded by fellow Stanford graduate students solving complex problems from different disciplinary approaches.

A Multicultural Cohort 

Knight-Hennessy scholars have lived, studied, and worked in a wide array of communities and cities, colleges and universities, companies and organizations throughout the world. Knight-Hennessy scholars also bring varied cultural perspectives based on (but not limited to) sex and gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and more.  Each cohort includes a breadth of backgrounds, beliefs, lived experiences, and aspirations. This is a multicultural community united by independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and civic mindset.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars has no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. We encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply.  We do not require applicants to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions. 

There are two baseline eligibility requirements.

Requirement 1: Admission to Stanford

First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS), you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs.  You must meet at least one of the following four conditions:

  1. You are applying separately but concurrently to KHS and a full-time Stanford graduate degree program such that you will start both in the same year.
  2. You have already been offered and deferred admission to a full-time Stanford graduate degree program, and will apply to KHS such that you will start both in the same year.
  3. You are a current Stanford graduate student who will apply to add a second full-time Stanford graduate degree program, such that you will start both KHS and the new program in the same year.
  4. You are a current Stanford PhD student in your first year of enrollment, and will apply to KHS such that you will start KHS in your second year of PhD enrollment.  

There are no quotas by discipline or program. Note that we will give priority consideration to those who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford.

Please note that a small number of Stanford graduate degree programs are not eligible for Knight-Hennessy Scholars:

Requirement 2: Undergraduate Degree Date 

Second, you must have earned, in January 2016 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.

To apply to join the cohort in: You must have earned your first bachelor’s degree by:
2023 January 2016 or later
2024 January 2017 or later

For applicants who served in the military after their undergraduate studies, we extend the eligibility window by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments; you must have earned your degree in January 2014 or later to enroll in 2023. Current college students are eligible if you will earn your first degree by September 2023. Within the eligibility window, we do not give preference based on recency of the degree.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What if I graduated from an institution outside the U.S.?  What are the eligibility requirements for me?

A: To be eligible for graduate study at Stanford University, you must meet the requirements of the graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue and 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 international applicants. (The Office of Graduate Admissionsnot Knight-Hennessy Scholars, sets these policies.)

Q: If I graduated in 2015 or before, may I still become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar?

A: If you graduated with your first/bachelor’s degree more than seven years before your intended enrollment date (in 2015 or earlier, for the autumn 2023 intake), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2016 or later. You may still apply to the Stanford graduate program of your choice, and there are many other options for funding your graduate education at Stanford.

Q: I am an undocumented student. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: Undocumented students are eligible to apply for Knight-Hennessy Scholars, but must meet eligibility for the graduate program, including any work requirements. For more information, please visit

Q: I have a graduate degree already. Am I eligible?  

A: If you have earned a graduate degree, you remain eligible to enroll as a Knight-Hennessy scholar in 2023 as long as you earned your first/bachelor’s degree in 2016 or later.

Q: I am an enrolled Stanford graduate student. May I apply for Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

A: If you are a Stanford PhD student who started your PhD in 2022, you may apply in 2022 such that you will start KHS in 2023 (your second year of PhD enrollment). Otherwise, if you enrolled in a graduate degree program at Stanford in 2022 or earlier, you are ineligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy scholar for your current degree program. 

Q: I am a first-year Stanford PhD student who has received the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF). May I apply for Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

A: First-year PhD students who receive a Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF) will not be eligible to apply to KHS, as the funding awards cannot be combined. 

Q: I am a Stanford graduate student applying to a different program at the university. Am I eligible to apply this year?

A: You are welcome to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars if you defer enrollment to 2023, or if you apply for a new graduate degree program at Stanford that starts in 2023.

Q: May I defer my Knight-Hennessy Scholars offer?  

A: No. Deferral of enrollment to a graduate program is the purview of that department. Most Stanford programs do not offer deferrals though some – such as the professional schools of business, law, and medicine – allow deferrals. Regardless of the graduate program’s policy, Knight-Hennessy Scholars does not defer scholar offers. If you are selected as a Knight-Hennessy scholar and are unable to enroll, you must reapply for admission for the year you intend to enroll.

Q: I was accepted this year to Stanford but want to defer my enrollment in the Stanford graduate program until next year. May I apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars for the following year? 

A: If you defer enrollment to a Stanford graduate program, you may apply to start as a Knight-Hennessy scholar 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 2024, then you may apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars in 2023 to enroll as a Scholar in 2024 — thus aligning your initial enrollment in the MBA Program and as a Knight-Hennessy scholar. If you have already received admission to one of Stanford’s graduate programs and deferred enrollment to 2023 or later, you may apply to be a Knight-Hennessy scholar. Plan to apply for the year that you would enroll in your graduate program.

The Two Applications

Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must also apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Unless you have already been offered and deferred admission to a full-time Stanford graduate degree program, or you are a first-year Stanford PhD student applying to join KHS in your second year, you must submit two separate applications; one to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, and one to your desired Stanford graduate degree program.

Visual chart of KHS application details and general Stanford graduate degree program application details as described in paragraph on the page.

Application Steps

  • Step 1: Create your two online applications as early as possible.  You do not need to complete the application at once; you may save your progress and return as needed.
  • Step 2: Enter your recommenders’ information in your two applications as early as possible. This allows your recommenders ample time to submit their letters.
  • Step 3: Complete the various sections of the application, saving your progress as you go. Allow yourself ample time to prepare materials that may take longer to prepare, such as essays or personal statements.
  • Step 4: Submit the online applications by their respective deadlines.  (Note: You will not be able to edit your KHS application once you submit it, with the exception of test scores, recommenders, and your intended Stanford graduate degree program)
  • Step 5: If your Stanford graduate program requires test scores and you receive new scores after submitting your KHS application, update test scores for Knight-Hennessy Scholars through your application status page.  

Additional Instructions

  • You must submit all Knight-Hennessy Scholars application materials in English via our online application. We do not accept materials sent via email or postal mail.
  • We highly recommend that you apply using a current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • For reference only, here is a PDF sample of the application for the autumn 2023 intake.

Online Application Link