Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellows

Program Description

Every year, the Kierkegaard House Foundation seeks to award at least one fellowship. Residence periods that 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, by November 1 of the year before the beginning of the fellowship period, send electronic copies 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, preferably directly from the recommenders.
  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.

2016-17 Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellowship recipients:

  • Nassim Jordan Bravo  is a Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellow. Nassim Bravo Jordán received a B.A., Universidad Panamericana. M.A., Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Nassim specializes in Kierkegaard’s thought and the cultural development in Golden Age Denmark. He is also interested in philosophy of religion and history of modern philosophy. Nassim has translated several Kierkegaard´s books into Spanish, including Concluding Unscientific Postscript and Prefaces. He is currently working on a long-term project to translate into Spanish the entirety of Kierkegaard´s journals and papers. Dr. Bravo Jordan is living at the Kierkegaard House from September through August 2017. Email:
  • Fernanda Gil Rojas is a Kierkegaard House Foundation Scholar. Luisa Fernanda Rojas Gil received her B.A., M.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Fernanda is currently doing her Ph.D. dissertation at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México about ineffability and indirect communication. She is part of the editorial board of the journal Estudios Kierkegaardianos. Her last publications are: “Los Sócrates de Kierkegaard” in Sócrates el enigma de Atenas, Editorial Universidad Libre. Bogotá, (2015);  “La comunicación indirecta de lo inefable” in Misticismo y filosofía. Universidad del Rosario y Sociedad Colombiana de Filosofía. Bogotá, (2015); “La ironía socrática como forma de vida” in Estudios Kierkegaardianos. Revista de filosofía, no.1, México, (2015). Ms. Rojas Gil is living at the Kierkegaard House from September through August 2017. Email:


Former Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellowship recipients:

Kierkegaard House Foundadtion Fellows (2004-2015)
  • Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced) 5/1/16 – 8/31/16
  •  Martijn Boven (The University of Groningen, The Netherlands) beg. 9/1/15
  • 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 were 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.