Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows

Program Description

Every year, the Kierkegaard House Foundation seeks to award at least one fellowship. Residence periods typically extend from September 1 through August 31, although shorter periods will be considered. A fellowship includes a stipend of $1500 per month and guest housing at the Kierkegaard House. As the board seeks to support a balance between emerging and established scholars, both pre-doctorate and post-doctorate candidates are invited to apply. In addition to the usual scholarly qualifications, the Foundation looks for applicants who will interact, as appropriate, with St Olaf undergraduate students and with the wider college community. A written report or summary at the conclusion of the fellowship period is required.

The Kierkegaard House Foundation considers applications only once a year. The deadline is November 1 of the year prior to the beginning of the fellowship period.

How to apply:

For full consideration for the 2018-19 academic year, send electronic copies by November 1, 2017, of the following 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.

The awards are announced on or about December 15.

2017-18 Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellowship recipients:

  • Reverend Andrés Roberto Albertsen is a KHF Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. During this year he plans to complete his dissertation and translate a section of Kierkegaard’s journals and papers into Spanish. Albertsen is originally from Argentina and is a Ph.D. candidate at Luther Seminary in Systematic Theology working on a dissertation on the connection between love and politics, founded on a convergent reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right and Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, and in conversation with the contemporary political philosophers Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Martha Nussbaum, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. At Luther Seminary Albertsen serves as well as editor of Spanish-language content on After pursuing an MDiv at Instituto Universitario ISEDET in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at Aarhus University, Denmark, Albertsen was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and was the pastor of the Danish Lutheran Church in Buenos Aires (associated with the Danish Church Abroad/Danish Seamen’s Church) for twenty years before coming to the U.S. in 2011. He will be living at the Kierkegaard House and his email is
  • Claus Juel Henriksen is a KHF Scholar for the fall semester. After finishing his Candidate Degree in Theology (1995) in Århus University, Denmark, he worked as a Lutheran Pastor until 2001. Since then, he has been engaged in health care work with Alzheimer patients – specializing in this area via Franklin Psychology, Logo-Therapy. Presently, he is working on his PhD Dissertation with the working title:  Kierkegaard and The Mirror of The Word in the New Testament with special regard to the Danish Golden Age painters and the engravings, drawings, cobber-plates and water-colour paintings used as illustrations in Kierkegaard’s authorship from 1835 to 1855. Claus will be living at the Kierkegaard House and his email is:

Former Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellowship recipients:

Click the title below to view all Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows since the year 2004.

Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows 2004-2017
  • 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.