ROLLING DEADLINE: Call for Applications - Matlock Archives Short-term Fellows in Residence Grant

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Matlock Archives Short-term Fellows in Residence Grant

Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES)

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina




The Duke Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be offering research grants of up to $3,000 to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Matlock collection at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 


ROLLING ACCEPTANCE.  Fellowships will be between 2 days to 2 weeks in duration.


What do the Matlock Archives include?


Jack Faust Matlock was US Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991. This collection includes materials from him and his wife, photographer Rebecca Matlock, dating largely from the 1940s through the mid-2010s. The bulk of items relates to their work for the US Foreign Service; they were officially stationed in Washington, Moscow, Prague, Accra, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar and traveled extensively throughout the world.


Jack Matlock was a key figure in the Ronald Reagan administration and participated in almost every US-USSR summit from the 1970s until his retirement in 1991. Also present in the collection are diaries, writings, memoranda, reports, clippings, interviews, photographs, event files, audiovisual materials, and other documents regarding the Matlocks' career, travels, interests, family life, and scholarship.


Digital finding aids for the collection are available here:


Who is eligible?

  • Faculty, graduate or undergraduate students and independent scholars with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Matlock Collections.
  • Writers, creative and performing artists, filmmakers and journalists.
  • All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC, and may not be current Duke students or employees.


What expenses does the grant cover?

  • Transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle)
  • Accommodations
  • Meals


Travel, accommodations, and rental car (if needed) will be arranged in advance by CSEEES. Per diems will be reimbursed after travel is completed upon submission of original receipts for substantiated expenses. Grants may be awarded in an amount less than the requested total.

How do I apply?

  • Research topics should be strongly supported by the Matlock Collections. We encourage applications to consult the digital finding aids (linked below) and contact the Curator of the Matlock Collections, Sara Seten Berghausen ( to discuss research projects and Rubenstein library collections that might be relevant before submitting an application.
  • Send the completed application form (see below for PDF and Word document) and your CV as a single PDF to Professor Michael Newcity (
  • Graduate and undergraduate students must ask a faculty advisor to write them a letter of recommendation. We will not consider an application complete until we receive the recommendation. Advisors may submit a letter of recommendation as an e-mail attachment to Professor Michael Newcity.
Event Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 5:00pm