Application Process

Apply today for our 2024 Signature Program!

Emerge Wisconsin seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective elected leadership, are interested in running for elected office and who have:

  • Evidence of professional or voluntary public policy or political leadership experience;
  • Meaningful involvement in their 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.

Emerge Wisconsin will select about 25 women from across the state who best meet the criteria above and who we believe have the potential to be elected leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all individuals who identify as 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.

Applications will close at midnight on Friday, February 9th, 2024 and then be evaluated by a selection committee. Qualified applicants are then invited to interview, and invitations to join the class are extended by year’s end.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Wisconsin program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the five-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 absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year. Training sessions will be hybrid. Participants should expect to travel for around three in-person sessions, with the rest occurring virtually via Zoom.

2024 Training Dates

The 2024 Training Program will begin the weekend of March 23 with further program dates and locations to be announced shortly.

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. If you need to mail a check instead, please email


Tuition for the Emerge Wisconsin Program is $500. There is an additional $250 fundraising requirement for a total of $750. We will work on the raise requirement as a class. Tuition offsets the cost of Emerge Wisconsin’s out-of pocket costs for providing the weekend training sessions.

Emerge Wisconsin believes that individual financial circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the Program. Partial financial aid may be awarded after admission to the Program.

Each year many program members choose to fund-raise their tuition from personal friends and family, with support and guidance from Emerge staff. Payment plans are also available as an option.

The six-month program does take place in various parts of the state. Travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Training sessions will be hybrid. Participants should expect to travel for around three in-person sessions, with the rest occurring virtually via Zoom. Emerge Wisconsin will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel and hotel costs are not covered by the program.