Chip Bishop Fellowship

To honor former BIO member Chip Bishop and to help biographers in financial need, BIO co-founder James McGrath Morris has established the Chip Bishop Fellowship. The winner of the fellowship will have the fee waived for the annual BIO Conference and receive $500 to help defray travel and lodging expenses. The fellowship is open to both members and non-members.

The deadline to apply for this year’s fellowship is March 30, 2020.


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Chip Bishop, who passed away in 2016, was a BIO Board member who served on the Plutarch Committee. Morris lauded Bishop as a key player in the development of BIO. “Chip Bishop always told me the early BIO conferences were a huge help in getting his biographies written and published,” Morris said. “He obtained critically important information and landed an agent. There are other ‘Chip Bishops’ out there for whom the conference could play an equally important role. The Chip Bishop Fellowship is intended for an aspiring biographer who is unable to afford to attend the annual conference.”

The winner of the 2020 fellowship will be announced on April 30. If the winner has already paid the registration fee, BIO will issue a refund.

How to Apply

Please send your responses to the questions below to Deirdre David:

1. Have you ever attended a BIO conference? What year(s)?

2. Why do you want to attend the 2020 conference?

3. Are you currently working on a biography? If so, are you researching? Writing?

4. Do you have a source of income (other than an advance for a biography)? If so, what is your job?