Academic Year Scholar Opportunities


The HKL will award two individual (up to) three-month long positions to scholars interested in study and research on Kierkegaard at the Library.  The fellowship is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021, but is dependent upon COVID restrictions. We are immensely grateful to St. Olaf alum Krestie Utech for her generous financial support for this newly created program.

While the fellowship is aimed at advanced scholars,  applicants enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program will be considered. The fellowship will provide up to $500/month for housing and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Amount will align with visa rules and regulations.

To apply please submit the following by May 1, 2021 for fall, and October 1, 2021 for the spring.
–Proposal – 1 page double spaced that includes your interest and use of HKL resources
–Two academic recommendation letters
–Curriculum Vitae

Email materials to Eileen Shimota, Assistant Curator, at
Final selection will be made by HKL Curator, Dr. Gordon Marino

Note for International Scholars: ESTA and B-1 visas are the two types of visas that are most commonly used by international visiting scholars for their time at the Kierkegaard Library.  Each visa has its own set of requirements; therefore, it is the responsibility of the scholar to check out options before deciding which type of visa is most appropriate. Please contact visa officials within your home country for specific questions and direction.


Kierkegaard scholars are invited to conduct their own research at the Kierkegaard Library during both the academic and summer months. Scholars with support from their own institutions or grant-funded projects are welcome at the Hong Kierkegaard Library to use its resources and converse with other visiting scholars. At times, there is an opportunity to stay at the Kierkegaard House while studying in the Library.

Application Process:   For initial inquiries contact Assistant Curator Eileen Shimota with a short proposal that states reason and interest for study in the Library. A formal application will include two recommendation letters from faculty and a detailed proposal and curriculum vitae.

2019 – 2020 Visiting Scholars
  • Tomas Bokedal, UK
  • Amber Bowen, USA
  • John Lippet, UK
  • Poul Lübcke, Denmark
  • Jesús Luzardo, USA
  • Simen Simensen, Norway
  • Matías Tapia Wende, Chile