Application Process

Emerge Vermont Signature Training Program

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Vermont seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership, 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; and
  • 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, socioeconomic 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 process is currently closed and will reopen in August 2023. Meet the Class of 2023!


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 80 program hours are scheduled. Our hybrid program combines some weekends with shorter, online programming. There is some homework between sessions. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first weekend 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 as much advance notice as possible.

2023 Training Dates

The training will happen from January through May 2023 and will be a mix of in person and online sessions. There are two 2-day sessions; class members will have the option of staying overnight. Locations will be determined once the class composition is known. We will make every effort to hold in person sessions at locations within reasonable driving distance to all class members.

The dates for 2023 training sessions are:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 (Orientation; evening online)
Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 2023 (in person)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (evening online)
Thursday, February, 2, 2023 (evening online)
Saturday, February 11, 2023 (full day online)
Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12 (in person)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (evening online)
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (evening online)
Saturday, April 1, 2023 (full day online)
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 (evening online)
Saturday, April 15, 2023 (full day online)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (evening online)
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (weekday in person optional field trip to Vermont State House)
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 (evening online)
Saturday, May 13, 2023 (in person including evening graduation event)


Emerge Vermont will review completed written applications and select finalists for interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with 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 2023 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.

The application for the Signature Training Class of 2023 is now closed.