Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research at the Kierkegaard Summer Institute

The Kierkegaard Library invites advanced undergraduates and recent graduates from Bachelor programs to apply to Undergraduate Research at the Kierkegaard Summer Institute (previously called the Young Scholars Program).

Undergraduates and recent grads join an intensive, three-week close-reading and discussion group of Kierkegaard’s works, as well as producing an independent research paper. They also participate in weekly seminars with visiting scholars at the Kierkegaard Library, and may optionally join the Kierkegaard in Danish reading group. As participants in the program, students will gain access to resources of the Kierkegaard Library, as well as on-campus housing.

Funding: The Kierkegaard Library covers the cost of on-campus housing for all student participants. St. Olaf students also receive a stipend for living expenses.

Note: There are kitchens in the dorms, as well as other food options on campus. A handbook with more information is provided upon acceptance.

Dates: Undergraduate Research at the Kierkegaard Summer Institute takes place from June 7th – June 30th.

St Olaf students applying for CURI opportunities (see below) will conduct research at the Kierkegaard Summer Institute throughout June and July.

Application deadline: Monday, April 3rd.

To apply:
Application materials are submitted via email to Eileen A Shimota, Assistant Director, at shimota@stolaf.edu by Monday, April 3rd. Please list “Undergraduate Research” in the subject line. 

Materials include:

  • Cover letter: (1) specifies current academic level (e.g., graduated sophomore, junior, or senior); (2) explains motivation for participation in the program; and (3) makes clear statement of commitment to the Kierkegaard Summer Institute’s programming
  • 1–2 page (double-spaced) Research Project Proposal, including: (1) well-thought out research project; (2) intended use of HKL resources; and (3) research outcome (e.g., working paper for conference, publication, or undergraduate thesis)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 academic references, emailed directly by the recommender
CURI Summer Research Program

St. Olaf students have the opportunity to apply for support from the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) office for participation in Undergraduate Research at the Kierkegaard Summer Institute. Such funding will typically require 6-8 weeks in residence at the Kierkegaard Library. More information to follow.

Please contact Eileen A Shimota at shimota@stolaf.edu with any questions.