Kierkegaard House Foundation


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.

Prior to 1998, 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 nine residencies of varying lengths for Kierkegaard scholars. Now, the Foundation has supported nearly one hundred Kierkegaard scholars in their academic and research endeavors.

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 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 more information on the application process and past recipients, please visit our extended Kierkegaard House Fellows page or visit the official website of the Kierkegaard House Foundation.