Application Process

The application for the 2020 Signature Program Class is now open!

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 Massachusetts seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership, are interested in running for elective office, and 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 Massachusetts.

Emerge Massachusetts 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 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 2020 Emerge Massachusetts training program, applicants must complete a written application by October 1, 2019. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview from October 18th – October 21st. Invitations to join the 2020 class will be extended in after interviews are completed.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Massachusetts program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire¬†schedule by each participant. Over the six-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. Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

2020 Training Dates

Locations TBD: As a statewide organization, it is our mission to ensure geographic diversity in our class members as well as in our trainings.¬† Thus, Emerge’s trainings will take place in cities and towns across our commonwealth over the course of the Six Month program.

January 11th – 12th

February 1st

March 7th

April 4th

May 2nd – 3rd

June 6th

Graduation June 7th


Emerge Massachusetts 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 October in locations around Massachusetts.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee can be paid online or by mailing a check payable to Emerge Massachusetts at 15 Court Square, #900, Boston, MA 02108.


Tuition for the six-month program is $1,000. Payment plans are available and Emerge Massachusetts will assist program members with fundraising their tuition if needed. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The six-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 Massachusetts 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