Application Process

Application Process

Applications for the 2018 Emerge Virginia training are open September 5, 2017 through October 15th, 2017.  

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply.

We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Virginia seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective office and who have: 

  • evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • interest in running for political office;
  • ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.       

Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Virginia. 

Emerge Virginia will select 20-25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical abilities.  Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.

To be considered for the 2018 Emerge Virginia training program, applicants must complete a written application by October 15, 2017. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in November or early December.  Invitations to join the 2018 class will be extended in mid-December. 

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Virginia program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant.  Over the seven-month period, approximately 70 Program hours are scheduled.  Some time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absense for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year.  Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

2018 Training Dates

Locations subject to change

Saturday, January 20th - Richmond
Thursday, February 1st, Shadow Day at Capital - Optional
Saturday, February 24th - Northern Virginia
Saturday, March 24th - Charlottesville
Saturday, April 28th - Northern Virginia
Saturday, May 19th - Tidewater
Saturday, June 23rd - Richmond
Saturday, July 21st - Northern Virginia


Emerge Virginia will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews.  Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in November and early December in locations around Virginia. 

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  The application fee can be paid here or mail a check payable to Emerge VA, PO Box 3545, Richmond, VA  23235


Tuition for the seven-month program is $750. Payment plans are available and Emerge Virginia will assist program members with fundraising their tuition if needed. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The seven-month program does take place in various parts of the state one Saturday each month, but travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Emerge Virginia will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Julie S. Copeland at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

How To Apply


To start your application, please click here

This will take you to a registration page.  Please register by clicking Sign Up. After signing up, you should receive an e-mail with further instructions on how to complete your application.  If you have already started your application, you can continue your application by returning to the application link and logging back in.  If you have any technical issues, please email

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