Application Process

Applications for the Emerge Connecticut 2024 Signature Program are now open!

Apply Today for the Emerge Connecticut Class of 2024!

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Connecticut seeks Democratic women and non-binary folks that are comfortable in women centered spaces 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 Connecticut.

Emerge Connecticut will select approximately 15 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 and non-binary folks ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers people impose on themselves. Applicants should apply by Friday, January 12, 2024.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Connecticut program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Between January and May, approximately 65 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. The first days of the Emerge Connecticut training are virtual orientation on January 31st & our In Person 1st Day of Training 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m in Hartford on February 3, 2024. The program will meet the following days with a few additional sessions that will be scheduled in consultation with the members of the cohort:

Orientation: January 31st 7-9 p.m. virtual

First Day Training: February 3rd 9:30 – 5:00 in Hartford In-Person

Virtual Trainings: February 24th, March 23rd, April 6th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; March 2nd 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In person Trainings: April 20th, May 18th 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and one Shadow Training Day April 29th-May 1st 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Emerge Connecticut will review completed written applications and select finalists for virtual interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee via Zoom. These interviews will take place in December 2023 and January 2024.

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 or by mail with a check payable to EMERGE CONNECTICUT, P.O. Box 722, Willimantic, CT 06226. If this fee is a concern for you, please email for a waiver.


Tuition for our Signature program is $800.  Emerge Connecticut program members are encouraged to fundraise their tuition. Financial need SHOULD NOT be a barrier to applying to the program.

The program will take place primarily on Saturdays from January to May.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Mae Flexer at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.