MPJI Fellowship

The Marsha P. Johnson Fellowship program is centered on the arts and community organizing in honor of Marsha’s commitment to human rights and showcasing her flair for life and self-determined artistic expression.

Artist Fellowships

Marsha “Pay it no mind” Johnson existed and expressed boldly as a living art form. From being a model for an Andy Warhol campaign to being a part of the “Hot Peaches” performance troupe, Marsha is indeed a conduit for creativity. The purpose of MPJI’s artist fellowships is to empower Black, trans creatives and provide resources that will ease the burden of transphobia experienced in artistic spaces.

The Institute is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for The Starship Artist Fellowship.

Over the course of this six-month fellowship, five emerging artists will receive a monthly stipend (total $8000 and $2000 for materials and/or space rental), tools, and resources necessary to further their craft as well as be paired with a mentor to learn both technical and developing skills that support one’s medium of choice. With the support of their mentor, the artists will work to create pieces that reflect their vision for, “The Art of Connection: A Journey Through the Pandemic, Identity, and Beyond” to be shared at a final showcase event in NYC. All artists will also participate in a spring kickoff event in LA.

Fellowship Deadline: October 28, 2022
Determinations: December 2, 2022
Fellowship Begins: February 6, 2023

The Starship Artist Fellowship is open to artists throughout the United States. If you have questions about the fellowship, please email .


Community Organizing Fellowship

The MPJI Organizing Fellowship was created to further build the capacity of organizers in the Midwest and in the South fighting back against the murders of trans women, unjust local and national laws that strip trans people of humanity, homelessness, joblessness, and high rates of suicide. We want MPJI Organizing Fellows to have the skills to combat, soothe, and mobilize members of communities that are never considered. We view organizing as a part of our collective care, while also understanding that organizers have a great responsibility to the self and to implement strategies that sustain us all. From holistic care to leadership development, this fellowship addresses our need to strengthen and encourage new leaders and thoughts.  We want to create a world in which BLACK trans people will not have to fight exist.


***Not currently accepting applications.***

Freedom Beyond Imagination Coalition

The Freedom Beyond Imagination program is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to build power together for the BLACK trans community across the US.  If you are an individual or organization who cares about the politics informing the world as it relates to your BLACK  trans experience we want to partner with you.

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