David Bohnett Leaders Fellowship

Program Overview

The mission of the David Bohnett Leaders Fellowship is to develop a strong cohort of LGBTQ public officials. LGBTQ Victory Institute, in collaboration with The David Bohnett Foundation, has sent over 150 outstanding LGBTQ leaders to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program since 2002, and connects these alumni to opportunities for further leadership development.

About the Program

Designed for all senior-level executives working with state and local governments — including government officials and elected officeholders — this intensive, three-week Executive Education program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hones skills and furthers the leadership potential of accomplished individuals from across the United States. Sessions are held in June and July.

The Bohnett Fellowship provides partial financial assistance to help strong LGBTQ officials cover the costs of attendance, programming that complements the Senior Executives program and a growing network of Bohnett Fellowship alumni.

Find out more about the Senior Executives program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Meet the 2022 Fellows

The 2022 class is comprised of seven inspiring LGBTQ elected and appointed leaders from across the country.

Apply to the Bohnett Fellowship

In 2023, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program will take place twice during identical sessions: June 5 – June 23, 2023 and July 10 – July 28, 2023. David Bohnett Fellowship applicants can apply to either of the two sessions.

To be considered for the David Bohnett Fellowship, you must apply to both the Harvard Kennedy School program via its online application and to LGBTQ Victory Institute. When applying to Harvard, applicants should list “Bohnett” as their financial sponsor.

The deadline for applications to Victory Institute is March 26, 2023. The deadline for applications to Harvard is April 10, 2023.


LGBTQ Victory Institute would like to give special thanks to our program supporters. Their philanthropy ensures that this program has the financial resources it needs to our Bohnett Fellows.