Application Process

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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.

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We strongly 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 TN 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 the 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 the attendance requirements of the trainings.
  • Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Tennessee.

Emerge TN 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, 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.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge TN 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.

Interviews

Emerge TN will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee.

Application Fee

Emerge Tennessee does not have any application fees.

Tuition

Tuition for the program is $1,000 for Signature Programs and $500 for Boot Camp Training.  Payment plans are available and Emerge TN 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 proximity to trainings. Emerge TN will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.