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.

Every year, the Kierkegaard House Foundation seeks to award at least one fellowship for full-time study to a deserving scholar who displays exemplary enthusiasm and interest in the study of this renowned Danish philosopher.

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, and awards are announced on or about December 15th.  We regret to announce that due to restrictions we recently encountered, for the next academic year, 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. 

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.