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Application for the 2022 Cohort is Open

Each year up to 90 high-achieving students who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic mindset will join a diverse cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

  • Join a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to tackling the world’s challenges.
  • Experience the King Global Leadership platform of personal development opportunities, with coaching and feedback, and the opportunity to learn from diverse leaders from different walks of life.
  • Receive full funding for up to three years of your graduate degree program at Stanford, plus a stipend for room and board.
  • Build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.
  • The application is due October 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.






Application 1: Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Please note important dates and deadlines for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application process. While we will continue to monitor the developments around COVID-19, as of now there is no process or deadline change in the application for the 2022 cohort. You may find more about Stanford’s statement on COVID-19 and graduate admissions here.

Application opens August 1, 2021
Application closes October 6, 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Finalist notification January 26, 2022
Immersion Weekend February 25-26, 2022
Decision notification March 15, 2022
Materials Due by Deadline by Invitation Only
  • Background Information
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Recommendation letters
  • Short answers and Essay
  • Video (by invitation on rolling basis)
  • Immersion Weekend (by invitation only)

A note about test scores: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program follows the practices of your graduate degree program: if your graduate degree program does not require standardized tests, then you do not need to submit any with your Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application.

If your graduate degree program requires test scores, you must report them to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by your graduate degree program’s application deadline or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program’s application deadline, whichever is later.

Application 2: Stanford Graduate Program(s)

In addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Unless you have already deferred admission to a Stanford graduate program, you must apply to your respective Stanford graduate program(s) by the deadlines below:

Graduate Degree Program Application Opens Application Deadline
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, School of Medicine April 2021 August 1, 2021
MBA Program, Graduate School of Business June 2021 Round 1 Deadline: September 9, 2021
MD Program, School of Medicine June 2021 AMCAS Deadline:
October 1, 2021*Supplemental Deadline:  October 21, 2021
MA, MS and PhD in Education,
Graduate School of Education
October 2021 November 15, 2021
JD and advanced degrees,
Stanford Law School
September 2021 December 1, 2021*
Any other Stanford graduate degree program October 2021 Program’s standard deadline or
December 1, 2021, whichever is earlier
*MD and JD/LLM/SPILS applicants: The deadline shown in this table corresponds to the date by when Stanford must receive your completed application materials. As it may take a couple of weeks for applications to be processed through AMCAS or LSAC,we strongly encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the posted deadline.

The Stanford graduate program application may require a fee to apply. Please visit the graduate program website for details. There is no fee to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars.


Our eligibility requirements help you determine if you may apply to be a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a multidisciplinary and multicultural community. There are 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.

  1. First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs. 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.
  2. Second, you must have earned, in January 2015 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:
2022 January 2015 or later
2023 January 2016 or later


For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, we extend the eligibility window by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments; you must have earned your degree in January 2013 or later to enroll in 2022. Current college students are eligible if you will earn your first degree by September 2022.  Within the eligibility window, we do not give preference based on recency of the degree.

Please note that a small number of Stanford graduate degree programs are not eligible for Knight-Hennessy Scholars.  Please see the Applying to Stanford Graduate Program page for examples.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please use the questions below to determine your eligibility for the 2022 cohort.

Did you (or will you by September 2022) earn your undergraduate degree at an institution in the United States or outside the United States?

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 Admissions, not the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, sets these policies.)

Q: If I graduated in 2014 or before, may I still become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar?

A: If you graduated with your first/bachelor’s degree more than six years before applying (in 2014 or earlier, for the autumn 2022 intake), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2015 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 the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, 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 2022 as long as you earned your first/bachelor’s degree in 2015 or later.

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

A: If you enrolled in a graduate degree program at Stanford in 2021 or earlier, you are ineligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar for your current degree program.

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 the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you defer enrollment to 2022, or if you apply for a new graduate degree program at Stanford that starts in 2022.

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, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program 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. We consider exceptions to this policy only under exceptionally rare and unforeseen circumstances that are beyond your control (e.g., delayed separation from the military, health issues).

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 the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program 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 are deferred enrollment to 2022 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.

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