David Bohnett Victory Congressional Fellowship

Website: David Bohnett Victory Congressional Fellowship


The David Bohnett 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.


  • Monthly living stipend totaling $39,000 over one year
    • This salary is in line with that of an individual making $46,800 per year.
  • Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program
  • Complimentary registration and access to LGBTQ+ Victory Institute’s LGBTQ+ Leaders Conference in December.
  • Participate in one of Victory’s 4-Day Candidate & Campaign Trainings
  • Plan and execute a Victory Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill (Spring 2024)
  • Networking opportunities at numerous Victory events
  • Access to a lifelong national network of Victory alumni

The David Bohnett 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
Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

Application Materials

  • Professional resume (one-page)
  • Professional bio and headshot
  • One letter of recommendation*
  • Three short essay responses
  • 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 sarah.pope@victoryinstitute.org

Service Agreement

 Fellowship will start in August and end in June the following year. Check website for specific dates.

Contact Information

Victory Institute

1225 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 525
Washington, DC 20005

Voice: 202.VICTORY
Fax: 202.289.3863