2018 Class Application Process

Applications for Emerge Pennsylvania open July 2, 2018 and will close October 26, 2018. Click here to Apply.

Be part of the growing number of women who are seeking seats and winning in local elections here in Pennsylvania. These women will make the changes needed and make history along the way as they serve and seek higher office. Why not join them?


Please click here to begin your application for Emerge Pennsylvania. The application deadline is October 26, 2018.

  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 $35 non-refundable application fee.

It is recommended that you send the link requesting written references first.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that the references are sent directly to Emerge Pennsylvania. The full application includes:

Your application will be complete once you have:

1) completed the online application,

2) submitted the application fee, and

3) Emerge Pennsylvania 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. (see online application.) 

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete. Your non-refundable application fee of $35.00 must be paid for your application to be considered. Click here to pay the application fee online, or mail a check to Emerge Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 60078, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

The following are the dates and locations for the 2019 Program.

Please mark your calendar, as attendance is mandatory for every class. Save the dates now.

  • Weekend 1: January 12 and 13, 2019 - Philadelphia
  • Weekend 2: February 9, 2019 - Harrisburg
  • Weekend 3: March 9 and 10, 2019 - Pittsburgh
  • Weekend 4: April 13, 2019 - Philadelphia
  • Weekend 5: May 18 and 19, 2019 - Pittsburgh
  • Weekend 6: June 9, 2019 - Harrisburg
  • Graduation: June 10, 2019 - Harrisburg

Emerge Pennsylvania will review completed applications and select finalists for the program.  

Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with a selection committee. From these interviews, the program members will be selected.

Applicants must be self-identified women who are registered Democrats and reside in Pennsylvania.

Emerge Pennsylvania will select 25 women who meet the criteria listed below and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders for the 2019 Cohort. 

While the only requirements for women in the program are to be registered Democrats who reside in Pennsylvania, Emerge Pennsylvania's ideal candidates are women who have a sense of what they want to run for and/or when they want to run. We encourage women on every part of their political journeys to apply. We give priority to women running within 1-3 years of applying for the program and an ideal candidate will run within 5 years of completing the Emerge program. Emerge Pennsyvlania encourages women who are running in primaries to take the Emerge program the year before they run (e.g. be a part of the 2019 cohort if you are running in a competitive 2020 primary) due to the intensity of the time commitment. 

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.

Time Commitment

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

You will learn best practices in fundraising, networking and coalition building, honing your message, writing a field plan and stump speech, how to seek endorsements, public speaking, dealing with the media and the press and much more! All of these skills will make you a better and more polished candidate, giving you an edge!

During the course of the program, participants are also required to participate in fundraising activity that will benefit Emerge Pennsylvania.

Arrival 8:00-8:30am. Dismissal varies, plan on 5:00pm


Participation in the Emerge Pennsylvania program requires a tuition of $750 which includes material fees, meals etc. Please note that travel expenses are not included. There is another $250 obligation to be raised through each program members fundraising efforts for the program for a total write/raise obligation of $1,000.00.

This money offsets, but does not nearly cover, the cost of Emerge Pennsylvania’s out-of-pocket costs for providing the training sessions. Emerge Pennsylvania believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program so financial aid and scholarships are available. 

Partial financial aid may be awarded after admission to the program. This does not cover the fundraising requirement. 

Please click here to begin your application.

We are here to help you, whether you are trying to decide if running for office is for you, or you need help completing your application, or you have questions about the program.  Please contact us at anne@emergepa.org 

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