Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows


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

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 (but see the announcement below for the 2022-23 academic year), 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. And 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.

Now accepting applications for 2022-23

We said earlier that The COVID19 crisis and its effects require us to postpone our Fellowship program for another year. However we pleased to announce that we are now in a position to accept applications for the 2022-23 Fellowship, though the application deadline must be changed to May 1, 2022. We will announce awards before June 1, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Edward Langerak, President of the KHF.


For full consideration for the 2022-23 academic year, send electronic copies by May 1, 2022, 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.
  • Charles Djordjevic received an undergraduate degree in General Philosophy from Kenyon College, and then spent several years in Azerbaijan organizing a project focused on protecting women’s rights and working with the US Peace Corps. He continued his education at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he earned a graduate degree with distinction in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. His dissertation focused on the viability of methodological relativism. He then enrolled at the University of Zurich, the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, and explored Wittgenstein’s ideology. Most currently, he works as a visiting researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He can be contacted by email at

Former KHF Fellowship recipients:

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

  •  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.