Application Process

Application Process

Applications for the 2017 Emerge Virginia training are now closed.  Applications for 2018 will open in the Fall.

If you are interested in receiving information and reminders about applying and completing your application to join the Class of 2018, please email

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 or physical abilities.

To be considered for the 2017 Emerge Virginia training program, applicants must complete a written application by November 14, 2016. 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 2017 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.

2017 Training Dates

Locations subject to change

Saturday, January 14th - Richmond
Thursday, January 26th, Shadow Day at Capital - Optional
Saturday, February 18th - Northern Virginia
Saturday, March 18th - Charlottesville
Saturday, April 22nd - Northern Virginia
Saturday, May 20th - Tidewater
Saturday, June 24th - Richmond
Saturday, July 22nd - 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


Emerge Virginia believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program.  Partial financial aid may be awarded after admission to the program.  Tuition for the seven month, 70-hour program is $750 and installment plans are available.

For more information email

How To Apply


Applications for the 2017 class are now closed.


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