The Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship

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October 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Literature, Race / Ethnic Studies, Social History / Studies

$5000 for an Exceptional Biography-in-progress About an African American Subject

The Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship awards $5,000 each to two authors working on a biographical work about an African American figure or figures whose story provides a significant contribution to our understanding of the Black experience. This fellowship also provides the recipients with a year’s membership in BIO, registration to the annual BIO Conference, and publicity through BIO’s marketing channels.

The Rollin Fellowship aims to remediate the disproportionate scarcity and even suppression of Black lives and voices in the broad catalog of published biography. This fellowship reflects not only BIO’s commitment to supporting working biographers but to encouraging diversity in the field.

Contact Info: 


Eric K. Washington 

Chair, Rollin Fellowship Committee 

Biographers International Organization (BIO)


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