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 University (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) and have completed your BA in 2014 or later. The Knight-Hennessy program is open to students of any citizenship who meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program they wish to pursue.

Institutional Endorsement

If you have already graduated or will graduate in 2020 and wish to apply for the Knight-Hennessy program during this cycle (to begin a Stanford degree program in 2021), you are not required to submit an institutional endorsement but the Office of Student Fellowships is happy to assist you in the preparation of your materials.

If you will graduate in 2021 and wish to apply for the Knight-Hennessy program during this cycle (to begin a Stanford degree program in 2021), you may request an institutional endorsement through the Knight-Hennessy application system and you may also have assistance in the preparation of your materials from the Office of Student Fellowships. 

If you are an enrolled student and wish to request institutional endorsement, please fill out the Pre-Application form by 12 noon on Friday, June 19, 2020.


The Stanford deadline for this program falls in early October (please note that individual graduate program deadlines may be earlier).  Applications open in May

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program has a multi-tiered application process.  In addition to applying for Knight-Hennessy, you must apply to the graduate program of your choice and may need to meet a deadline for that program that is earlier than the one for standard admission. 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.

Detailed information about the application process is available on the Knight-Hennessy Application Process page.


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to attract the most promising future leaders from all disciplines and geographies to Stanford University. Scholars are promised a transformative experience comprising multidisciplinary education, leadership development, a global perspective, and delivering solutions at scale. Seventy-five scholars will be chosen in 2019, with a goal of increasing that number over time to a stable total of 100 scholars per year.

Official Website

On-Campus Contact

Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300/mryanvanzee.