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.


Candidate and Campaign Training (July 2020)

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. This year, all Fellows selected are required to attend the following Candidate & Campaign Training:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: July 23-26, 2020

A required orientation will occur a day before the Candidate & Campaign Training on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Atlanta. All 2020 Fellows accepted into the program will be required to apply to this training.

International LGBTQ Leaders Conference (December 2020)

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 3-5, 2020. Fellows arrive early on Thursday, December 3rd and check-out on Sunday, December 6th, 2020.

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship includes complete registration, travel, and shared lodging for both the Candidate and Campaign Training and International LGBTQ Leaders Conference 2020. All Fellows must attend and will also present an interactive session at conference.

Apply to the 2020 Victory Empowerment Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 cycle!

In order to qualify, you MUST be available to participate in the Candidate & Campaign Training & Orientation in Atlanta, GA  – July 22-26, 2020 and the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC from December 3-5, 2020. This is mandatory for all incoming fellows.

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

Application Materials

  • Professional resume (one-page; PDF)
  • 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 their letter directly to Sarah Pope, Domestic Programs Manager at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn more.

Applications are due on May 1, 2020!

Program Alumni

Meet the Fellows

Victory Empowerment Fellows are already making a change in their communities. Meet our 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 fellows.

For questions regarding the Victory Empowerment Fellowship, please contact Mario Enriquez, Director of Domestic Programs 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 make the Victory Empowerment Fellowship possible.

A special thank you to our official airline partner Southwest Airlines, ensuring that LGBTQ leaders from around the world can be trained by Victory Institute

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If you are interested in learning how you/your organization can support the Victory
 Empowerment Fellowship please contact Seth Schermer, VP of Development, at [email protected].