Kierkegaard House Foundation

Program Description

Every year, the Kierkegaard House Foundation seeks to award at least one fellowship to a deserving scholar who displays exemplary enthusiasm and interest in the study of this renowned Danish philosopher. Fellows sponsored by the Foundation receive a stipend of $1,500 per month and guest housing at the Kierkegaard House from the beginning of September through the end of August.

Their mission is to support scholarship at the Kierkegaard Library by providing financial assistance and guest housing to scholars from around the world.

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 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.

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
Application Process

For full consideration for the 2019-20 academic year, send electronic copies of the following to Eileen Shimota before November 1.

  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.

The awards are announced on or about December 15.

More information about the Kierkegaard House Foundation can be found on their website:

2018-19 Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellowship recipient
  • Lazzaretti, Lucas Piccinin is the Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. During this time in the Hong Kierkegaard Library, he plans to complete his dissertation and translate Kierkegaard’s first texts into Portuguese (from the papers of one still living and first newspaper articles). Lucas Lazzaretti is Brazilian and he is a Ph.D. candidate at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR) in philosophy. His dissertation is on the relations between becoming and stillness in a Kierkegaardian analysis of the phenomenon of existence. He will live at the Kierkegaard House. His email address is
Former Recipients of the Fellowship

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

  • 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 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.