Victory Empowerment Fellowship


VEF Class of 2018

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.

About the Program

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 two programs provided by the Victory Institute – the Candidate & Campaign Training and the International LGBTQ Leadership Conference – and a year-long mentorship program.

Candidate and Campaign Training (Fall 2019)

Victory’s Candidate & Campaign Training provide comprehensive, non-partisan training to present and future LGBTQ candidates, campaign staff, and community leaders. Trainees learn necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign situations. All applicants who are selected are required to attend the following Candidate & Campaign Training:

  • Minneapolis, MN: August 8-11, 2019

International LGBTQ Leaders (December 2019)

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.

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship includes complete registration, travel, and lodging for the Candidate and Campaign Training and International LGBTQ Leaders Conference 2019.

Apply to the 2019 Victory Empowerment Fellowship

The Victory Empowerment 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

Applications for the 2019 Victory Empowerment Fellowship are officially open!

Deadline: February 28, 2019, 11:59pm PT.


Program Alumni

Meet the Fellows

Victory Empowerment Fellows are already making a change in their communities. Meet our 2017, 2016 and 2015 fellows.