Summer Fellows Program


The Summer Fellows Program plans to be held in person on the campus of St. Olaf College for the summer of 2022, but this is dependent on Covid-19 restrictions and protocol. Please continue to view this site for updated information. 


The Kierkegaard Library offers unpaid research fellowships to serious scholars for two to eight weeks in duration during the months of June and July. This Summer Fellows program entitles scholars to use the resources of the Kierkegaard Library while attending required activities: guest lectures, peer presentations, and participation in scholar seminars twice a week. Beyond extensive access to the Kierkegaard Library,  scholars have the opportunity to use the other libraries and facilities of St. Olaf College.”

Participants of the program include students at the graduate level and seasoned scholars.  Housing is provided on campus, all other expenses are the responsibility of the scholar. Advanced undergraduates are encouraged to apply to the Young Scholars Program.

Dates for the Summer Fellows Program for the summer of 2022 are: June 8th – July 29th.


Please send the following to Eileen Shimota by email or to the address below before April 30th:

  1. Updated Curriculum Vitae or other description of your qualifications
  2. A description of your proposed research project and your reasons for wanting to use the collection
  3. Two (2) academic recommendations, preferably directly to
  4. Your preferred dates in residence

              Eileen Shimota, Assistant Curator
              Hong Kierkegaard Library
              St. Olaf College
              1520 St. Olaf Avenue
              Northfield, MN 55057

With covid restrictions, no visitors were allowed on-campus for the summer of 2021. However, the HKL offered weekly virtual lectures led by Kierkegaard scholars to all interested. Below are the recordings for those lectures.

Recording – June 9 – Marcia Robinson   Title: “Out over 70,000 Fathoms with the Lilies and the Birds: Easter as Philosophia in Kierkegaard’s 1849 Discourses on the Lilies and the Birds.”

Recording  June 16 – Frances Maughen-Brown   Title: “The Call in the Response: Kierkegaard’s Patterns.” 

Recording   June 23 – Antony Aumann  Title: “Kierkegaard on Risk, Loss, and Finding Happiness.” 

Recording   June 30 – Jason Mahn   Title: “Kierkegaard and Camus on Neighbor Love through Pandemics.”

UTECH SEMINAR: July 7th   Recording   & 8th  Recording   – Sharon Krishek  Title:  Kierkegaardian Selfhood and Romantic Love”  

Recording  July 14 – Rick Furtak   Title: “Love of the Individual”  

Recording  July 21 Ulrika Carlsson   Title: “You are what you love”

Recording   July 28 – Spanish Lecture by Matias Tapia Wende Spanish – Título: “‘Hazlo en el nombre de Dios’: El asunto de conciencia en Kierkegaard“.
English – Title: “‘In God’s Name Do So’: Kierkegaard on Matters of Conscience.” 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kierkegaard Library was closed for the summer of 2020. To continue in the tradition of a scholarly community, “The Poul Lübcke Memorial Lecture Series” was offered in honor of our friend and scholar. The Utech Seminar was held on July 9th and July 10th.  Speaker: Clare Carlisle   Title: “Kierkegaard: Writing a Life”  All recordings can be found on the Library News and Events page of this website.

2019 Summer Fellow scholars
  • Andres Albertsen, Argentina
  • Tatiana Badurova, Czech Republic
  • Amber Bowen, USA
  • Patrick Brown, United Kingdom
  • Janaki Challa, USA
  • Dante Clementi, USA
  • Seth Daves, USA
  • Claudine Davidshoefer, USA
  • Patrick Derdall, USA
  • Thomas Gilbert, USA
  • David Heckerl, Canada
  • Eric Illiff, USA
  • Susanne Jakobsen Ilskov, Denmark
  • Jesus Luzardo, USA
  • Jakub Marek, Czech Republic
  • Orjiako Aloysius Oluchukwu, Nigeria
  • Janaki Potocek, Czech Republic
  • Alexander Quanbeck, USA
  • Barney Riggs, United Kingdom
  • Valerie Roberge, Canada
  • Linden Smith, USA
  • Clay Snell, USA
  • Megan Welle, Poland
  • Troy Wellington, USA