Victory Congressional Fellowship

We are not accepting applications for the 2020 cycle.

Program Overview

The Victory Congressional Fellowship (VCF) brings one outstanding LGBTQ young professional to Washington, DC, for an intensive leadership program. Now in its sixth year, the program includes:

  • A year-long fellowship in the office of a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus supporting the Executive Director of the LGBT Equality Caucus
  • An educational and leadership development program to learn about the legislative process and careers in policy-making

In December, the fellow will attend the Victory Institute’s annual International LGBTQ Leadership Conference for three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations.

The fellowship prepares young LGBTQ professionals to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world.

LGBT Equality Caucus Members with Mayor Parker and two Congressional Fellows (17-18 and 18-19)

2018-2019 Victory Congressional Fellow

Meet Aliya Bean, Victory Congressional Fellow of the 2018-2019 cycle!

Program Alumni

  • Blake Jelley, 2013-2014
  • Ben Panico, 2014-2015
  • Kristopher Sharp, 2015-2016
  • Midushi Pandey, 2016-2017
  • Brandon Studler, 2017-2018


  • Monthly living stipend totaling $30,000 over one year
  • Monthly healthcare reimbursement of $400
  • Airfare* or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program
  • Complimentary registration and access to Victory Institute’s LGBTQ Leaders Conference in November/December 2019
  • Present at one of Victory’s LGBTQ Leadership Summits
  • Participate in one of Victory’s 4-Day Candidate & Campaign Trainings
  • Plan and execute a Victory Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill (Spring 2020)
  • Networking opportunities at numerous Victory events
  • Access to a lifelong national network of Victory alumni

* U.S. continental travel provided by Southwest Airlines.


The Victory Congressional Fellowship is open to people of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. All applicants must meet the following criteria to satisfy the Victory Institute and congressional requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S. (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from an accredited educational institution within three years of program start date
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • 21 years of age before the day of arrival in Washington, D.C.
  • Active participation in public and/or community service activities


Apply to the Victory Congressional Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Victory Congressional Fellowship.

The Victory Congressional Fellowship is open to people of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations.

Application Materials

  • Professional resume (one-page)
  • Professional bio and headshot
  • One letter of recommendation*
  • Two essay questions
  • Other important contact and demographic information

You must submit one letter of recommendation, one that speaks to your leadership and commitment to the LGBTQ community. Please have your recommender email the letter directly to Sarah Pope, Domestic Programs Manager at [email protected]


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 offer our Victory Congressional Fellowship.

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