Application Process

Apply to be a part of the Class of 2018 program today!  Please read the details of the application process below before starting your application. 

Application Process

After reading these instructions, please click here to begin your application for Emerge Wisconsin. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser while filling out the application. 

  1. Create a username and an email will be sent to you so you can set up a password.

  2. Sign-in and "Add a Record" under the "My Applications" tab.

  3. Take your time to thoughtfully complete the questions.

  4. Choose 2 references and ask them to complete a short recommendation on your behalf.

  5. Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.

It is recommended that you send the link requesting written references first to give your references the most time to complete their part. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that the references are sent directly to Emerge Wisconsin. The full application includes:

  • Contact and Biographical information

  • Headshot and resume

  • Short Essay Questions (may be cut and pasted, see instructions)

  • 2 References

  • Scholarship Information

  • A non-refundable application fee of $25.

Your application will be complete once you have:1) completed the online application,2) submitted the application fee, and3) Emerge Wisconsin has received two letters of reference - please use the link provided in the application to obtain the letters. Do not have your letters sent through the mail. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete. Your non-refundable application fee of $25.00 must be paid for your application to be considered. Click here to pay the application fee online, or mail a check to Emerge Wisconsin, P.O. Box 599, Milwaukee, WI 53201.


*The tuition listed below reflects the costs for full programming. Different tuition structures will be in place in the future with alternative programming options.

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.

Time Commitment

The dates for the Spring 2018 program are as follows. Locations are to be determined, but trainings typically take place in Milwaukee and Madison. We offer an opportunity to shadow current elected officials. This date (usually a Wednesday) will be scheduled in the near future. 

January 20 & 21

February 24 & 25
March 17 & 18

April 21
May 19
June 23

The success of the Emerge Wisconsin Program depends upon commitment to the Program's entire schedule by each participant.  Over the course of the program, approximately 70 Program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled seminars will be necessary for seminar preparation.

During the course of the Program, Emerge Wisconsin participants are also required to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours on a political campaign of their choosing.

Click here for our 2018 Program dates to make sure you are able to attend all months: 2018 Class Dates

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Selection Criteria

Emerge Wisconsin seeks bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective political leadership and are committed to run 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

  • demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal

  • ability and desire to build effective networks

  • ability to articulate a personal political vision

  • demonstrated ability to inspire others

  • commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings

Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Wisconsin.

Emerge Wisconsin will select between 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.

Click here to begin your application

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