Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Applicants to the Department of Economics should also consider applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

Applying to Stanford

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Applicants to the Department of Economics should also consider applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, which annually awards up to 100 high-achieving students with full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including joint- and dual-degrees. 

·         The application for the 2021 cohort is open and available at

·         The deadline to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.


The Economics Department does not require GRE scores for 2021-22 admission.

Stanford’s Office of Graduate Admissions begins accepting graduate program applications in late-September for students wishing to be considered for admission to the economics PhD program the following September.  The application deadline for the Economics Ph.D. is 1 December 2020 (9pm Pacific Time).  

Application forms cannot be downloaded, and materials must be submitted online. Applicants must submit the following materials:

1. A statement of purpose (not exceeding two pages in length)

2. Three letters of recommendation

3. Please upload scanned (unofficial) copies of transcripts from every college and university you attended for at least one full year as a full-time student by the application deadline as part of your online application.  Do not send official transcripts at this time.  Official transcripts  should be sent to the central university admissions office (not the Department) at the time you accept an offer of admission. 

4. For applicants whose first language is not English (with some exceptions as clarified here), TOEFL scores are required.  Stanford’s ETS institutional code for submission of scores is 4704. 

  • Stanford will temporarily accept the TOEFL ITP Plus test with the Vericant interview for applicants from Mainland China who are unable to sit for the TOEFL iBT. This exception is requested only for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants may be asked to re-test at a later time once the Stanford TOEFL iBT becomes available, or applicants may be asked to re-test through the Stanford Language Center.
  • To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.

5. Applicants for the 2021-22 academic year are not required to submit GRE general test scores. 

6. Stanford’s Economics Department also requires that students complete a coursework spreadsheet as part of the online application.  The reason we require this is that we receive and review transcripts from many schools, and it is extremely helpful for us to review applicants’ economics-related coursework in a standardized format.  Stanford's course catalog will likely be helpful in determining which Stanford courses are most similar to those you have taken.   If you encounter any issues completing the online spreadsheet, you may complete this version (course preparation spreadsheet), save the spreadsheet as a PDF, and upload the PDF as a writing sample within your application.

Additional materials that become available after the deadline (e.g. updated transcripts) should be submitted to:

Department of Economics
Graduate Admissions Committee
579 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6072  

The non-refundable application fee is $125, but please note that fee waivers are available for individuals needing assistance with application fees

Stanford is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.  Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education provides a number of resources about life at Stanford, including diversity initiatives.  See also this statement of support for undocumented students.