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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford. This website has been prepared to give prospective graduate students an introduction to our Department and to Stanford in general. Feel free to contact any of the faculty members to find out more about their research programs or other aspects of at Stanford. We think you will find that they share our enthusiasm for our Department and for the quality of our research program and teaching.

Our Departmental admissions staff, led by Roger Kuhn, can provide more general information about admissions procedures or the graduate program. They can be contacted at chem.admissions [at] (chem[dot]admissions[at]stanford[dot]edu )or by calling (650) 723-1525.

Justin Du Bois 
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Join dozens of Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences students who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).

KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your PhD studies at Stanford.

Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Stanford PhD students may also apply to KHS during their first year of PhD enrollment.

If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 9, 2024. Learn more about KHS admission.

The Chemistry Department recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.