Application Process

Emerge Vermont Signature Training Program

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Vermont 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 identify as women and Democrats and reside in Vermont.

Emerge Vermont will select 20-30 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 ability.  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 Emerge Vermont training program, applicants must complete a written application. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. The application for the Class of 2022 is closed. 

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Vermont program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the course of the training, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Our hybrid program combines some weekends with shorter, online programming. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence may will result in a deferral to the following year. In the event that pandemic restrictions prevent in-person gatherings, trainings that are scheduled to occur in-person will be transitioned to online with at least two weeks’ notice.

2022 Training Dates

  1. Saturday, January 8 (In-Person)
  2. Tuesday, January  11 (Evening, Online)
  3. Thursday, January 13 (Evening, Online)
  4. Saturday, February 5 (In-Person)
  5. Tuesday, February 8 (Evening, Online)
  6. Thursday, February 10 (Evening, Online)
  7. Saturday, March 5 (In-Person)
  8. Tuesday, March 8 (Evening, Online)
  9. Thursday, March 10 (Evening, Online)
  10. Tuesday, March 22 (Evening, Online)
  11. Thursday, March 24 (Evening, Online)
  12. Saturday, April 9 (In-Person)
  13. Saturday, April 30 (In-Person)
  14. Wednesday, May 4 (Graduation, Evening, In-Person)


Emerge Vermont will review completed written applications and select finalists for interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with one to two members of the selection committee. Interviews may occur in-person or remotely.

Tuition and Fees

An application fee of $25 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. Tuition for the 2022 Signature Training Program is $750 and may be subject to change for future programs. Payment plans and limited scholarships are available. Emerge Vermont encourages and trains program members on fundraising their tuition. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from applying, contact us at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

Applications to the Signature Training are currently closed.