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 ordinarily 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. 

The COVID19 crisis requires us to postpone the 2020-21 Fellowship (with the agreement of the selected scholar) until the 2021-22 academic year   Therefore we cannot accept applications this November for the 2021-22 Fellowship.  We regret the disappointment and inconvenience this brings to those hoping to apply this year.  If you have questions or comments, 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.