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, or it will be refunded if they have already registered. The fellowship is open to both members and non-members.
For 2021 only, there will be ten Chip Bishop Fellowships offered. Students and other aspiring biographers in financial need are encouraged to apply. The deadline is May 1, 2021.
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.”
For 2021 only, there will be ten Chip Bishop Fellowships offered. Students and other aspiring biographers in financial need are encouraged to apply. Deadline in May 1, 2021.
How to Apply
Please send your responses to the questions below to Michael Gately:
1. Have you ever attended a BIO conference? What year(s)?
2. Why do you want to attend the BIO 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?