Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship for Biographers worldwide 2022

The Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship 2022 is currently accepting applications.

Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship

The Fellowship gives a stipend of $2,000 to an author working on a biographical book on an African American individual or people whose biography contributes significantly to our knowledge of the African American experience.

A year’s participation in the Biographers International Organization (BIO), registration to the annual BIO Conference, and exposure via BIO’s marketing channels are also included with this fellowship.

The Rollin Fellowship strives to address the disproportionate scarcity, if not outright suppression, of Black lives and voices in published biographies.

This fellowship exemplifies BIO’s dedication to not just assisting professional biographers, but also promoting diversity in the field.


  • A $2,000 is awarded for an exceptional biography-in-progress about an African American subject.

Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship Requirements

  • Open to all biographers writing in English, working on a biography of an African American person (or figures), and at any point in the composition of a book-length biography from anywhere in the globe.
  • It is not necessary to have a publication deal to be eligible.
  • A biography, as defined for this award, is a tale about a person’s life or a group of people’s lives. At the committee’s discretion, novel approaches to treating a life (or lives) shall be considered. Memoirs aren’t allowed.

Application for Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship

In a single document, combine the following submission materials:

  • Provide an overview of the biography and explain how this biographical work fits within the Rollin Fellowship’s objective (in 500 words or less).
  • If your work is not yet under contract, please include your plans for publication. Statement of need (500 words or less): describe where you are in the writing process and how the Rollin Fellowship would benefit you and your work; if your work is not yet under contract, please include your plans for publication.
  • bio of the author (500 words or less).
  • a portion of your manuscript (no more than 20 pages).

Double-spaced, 12-point font and regular margins should be used in your work. The file must be in PDF format.

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Deadline: March 1, 2022

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