Victory Empowerment Fellowship

Program Overview

To develop strong LGBTQ public officials and movement leaders, the Victory Institute sends emerging LGBTQ leaders of color and/or transgender leaders to Victory’s Candidate & Campaign Training and International LGBTQ Leadership Conference. The fellowship connects alumni to ongoing opportunities for leadership development.

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship is for LGBTQ leaders of color and/or transgender leaders who seek to expand their campaign skills and policy-making power and join a strong cohort of movement leaders from across the country.

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship consists of three key components provided by the Victory Institute – the Candidate & Campaign Training, International LGBTQ Leaders Conference – and a year-long mentorship program.

Application Process

The 2023 application will be available in November 2022. 

Please submit an online application via the Victory Institute website and submit one letter of recommendation that speaks to your leadership in the LGBTQ+ community to Sarah Pope, Director of US Programs at

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Meet the 2022 Cohort

Learn more about our 2022 fellows here.

Program Events

Candidate and Campaign Training (July 2022)

Victory’s Candidate & Campaign Training provide comprehensive, non-partisan training to present and future LGBTQ candidates, campaign staff, and community leaders. All Fellows will participate together and learn necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign situations. Fellows selected for the 2022 cohort will attend the Portland Candidate & Campaign Training July 21-24, 2022. If COVID safety does not allow for in-person travel, the Candidate & Campaign Training will be held virtually.

International LGBTQ Leaders Conference (December 2022)

The largest gathering of LGBTQ leaders in the world, the International LGBTQ Leadership Conference offers trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities relevant to both the current and future state of the LGBTQ movement to over 500 attendees. Participants leave able to more effectively craft policies and build coalitions to bring those policies to fruition, learning from the experts, but also from one another. Join us at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC from December 1-4, 2022.

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship includes complete registration, travel, and shared lodging for both the Candidate & Campaign Training and International LGBTQ Leaders Conference 2022. All Fellows must attend.

Program Alumni

Victory Empowerment Fellows are already making a change in their communities and we are proud that as of 2021, we now have 59 LGBTQ leaders who have gone through this program. Meet our 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 fellows.



For questions regarding the Victory Empowerment Fellowship, please contact Sarah Pope, Director of US Programs, at



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 make the Victory Empowerment Fellowship possible.

If you are interested in learning how you/your organization can support the Victory
 Empowerment Fellowship please contact Seth Schermer, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, at