Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows


The Kierkegaard House Foundation considers applications once a year. The deadline is November 1 of the year prior to the beginning of the fellowship period and awards are announced on or about December 15th. We regret to announce that due to restrictions we recently encountered, for the time being, the KHF can accept applications only from US citizens or from non-domestic scholars with a green card or whose visa is sponsored by another organization, such as the Fulbright Program.  However if one has a visa that does not allow additional stipends, we can provide housing for appropriate periods of time, as we have often done when space is available.  If you have questions or comments,  including about how to apply for housing without additional stipend, please contact Edward Langerak, President of the KHF.

Fellows sponsored by the Foundation receive a stipend of $1,500 per month and guest housing at the Kierkegaard House typically from the beginning of September through the end of August. Shorter stays will be considered. As the board seeks to support a balance between emerging and established scholars, both pre-doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are invited to apply.

In addition to the usual scholarly qualifications, the Foundation looks for applicants who will bring Kierkegaard into conversation with St Olaf undergraduate students and with the wider college community. At the conclusion of the fellowship, the Foundation will receive a written report from the Fellow that summarizes their work completed at the Hong Kierkegaard Library.

The criteria the Board uses in selecting KHF Fellowship winners can be found in the following expandable list.

  1. Significance of the project for Kierkegaard studies
  2. Scholarly quality of the research project description
  3. Contribution to the strengthening of the Kierkegaard scholarly community
  4. Relevant linguistic competencies
  5. Match between library resources and applicant’s research proposal as well as between length of time required for the project and length of fellowship period
  6. Maintaining a reasonable balance between awards to established scholars and to emerging scholars
  7. Scholarly need
  8. Opportunity for the scholar to interact with the wider college community

For full consideration for a given academic year, send electronic copies of the following by Nov 1 of the previous year to Eileen Shimota.:

  1. 1-2 page cover letter with the proposed dates of residence and a brief personal narrative about the applicant’s background and how it relates to the proposed project.
  2.  An updated curriculum vitae, including information about language competence relevant to the research project.
  3. A 3-5 page description of the research project, including plans for the use of library resources and a timetable for the completion of the project. Attach a bibliography.
  4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to Eileen Shimota from the recommender.
  5. If available and appropriate, a brief list of relevant writings by the applicant submitted electronically by links or attachments.
  • Troy Wellington Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley, and Adjunct Instructor in Norwegian at St. Olaf. For the 2021-2022 academic year, he is not only the Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kierkegaard Library, but he also serves as Special Consultant for the Rare Book Collection and Project Director of the Archives. This Interim, he taught “The Ethics of Print: Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and the Danish Golden Age.”

Former KHF Fellowship recipients:

All Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows since the year 2004 can be found in the following expandable list.

  •  Charles Djordjevic (2019 – 2020), USA
  • Lucas Piccinin Lazzaretti (2018-2019), Brazil
  • Andres Albertsen (9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018), Argentina
  • Claus Juel Henriksen (6/1/2017 – 12/31/2017), Denmark
  • Nassim Bravo Jordán (9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017), Mexico
  • Luisa Fernanda Rojas Gil (9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017), Columbia
  • Nigel Hatton (5/1/16 – 8/31/16), USA
  •  Martijn Boven (9/1/15 – 2/2016), The Netherlands
  • Will Williams (6/1/15 – 7/31/15), USA
  • Christina Danko (9/1/14 – 5/31/15), USA
  • Andras Nagy (9/1/14 – 6/1/15), Hungary
  • Silvia Vignati (9/1/13 – 3/31/14), Italy/Germany/Denmark
  • Carson Seabourn Webb (9/1/13-8/31/13), USA
  • Deidre Green (3/1/13-8/31/13), USA
  • David Lappano (3/1/13-8/31/13),  Canada/UK
  • Carl Hughes (9/2/12-8/31/13), USA
  • Michael Tilley (9/1/11/-8/1/12), USA
  • Irina Kruchinina (7/1/12 – 2/28/13), Russia
  • Adam Buben (7/1/11 – 7 /31/12), USA
  • Peder Jothen (1/1/11-6/30/11), USA
  • Wojtek Kaftanski (1/1/11 -6/30/11), Poland
  • Varughese John (5/1/10-4/30/11), India
  • Richard Purkarthofer (1/11/10-12/31/10), Austria, Germany, Denmark
  • Antony Aumann  (7/1/09 – 6/30/10), USA
  • Jamie Turnbull (1/1/09 – 12/31/09), UK
  • Simon Podmore  (2/1/08 -1/15/09), UK
  • Tamara Marks (9/1/07-7/31/08), USA
  • Patrick Stokes (7/18/07 – 12/18/07), Australia
  • Soren Landkildehus (1/7/07 –1/31/08), Denmark, UK
  • Myron Penner (1/1/07 – 5/31/07), Canada, UK
  • John Poling (9/1/06 –  4/30/07), USA
  • William McDonald (7/7/06 – 11/12/06), Australia
  • Merigala Gabriel (6/24/06 – 5/31/07), India
  • Maria Jose Binetti (5/21/06  –  11/15/06), Argentina
  • Narve Strand (5/15/06 – 12/20/06), Norway
  • Toshi Hachiya (9/1/05 – 8/31/06), Japan
  • Roy Sellars (9/1/05 – 8/31/06),  UK
  • Almut Furchert (6/1/05 – 5/15/06), Germany
  • Leo Stan (6/1/05 – 6/30/06), Romania, Canada
  • Oscar Parcero Oubinya (9/10/04 – 6/19/05), Spain
  • Dolors Perarnau Vidal (9/10/04 – 6/19/05), Spain
  • John Lippitt (9/1/04 – 8/31/05), UK
  • Patricia Dip  (5/24/04-9/20/04), Argentina

Prior to this period (1998 – 2003), The Kierkegaard House Foundation provided what was referred to by Howard Hong as “residencies for visiting scholars.” This involved providing rooms at the Heath Creek apartments or at the Hongs’ home as needed for scholars using the Kierkegaard Library.

In 1999, Howard Hong reported on 9 “residencies” for Kierkegaard scholars. Some were very short-term; some were longer stays. These stays did not involve formal fellowship stipends from the Foundation.