2018 Class Application Process


Applications for Emerge Michigan open September 1st, 2017 and will close at noon November 13, 2017. Click here to Apply.

Be part of the growing number of women who are seeking seats and winning in local elections here in Michigan. 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 Michigan. The application deadline is noon on November 13, 2017.

  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 provide their contact information, they will recieve a form from Emerge to complete a short recommendation on your behalf.  
  5. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.

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 Michigan has received two letters of reference.

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete. Your non-refundable application fee of $50.00 must be paid for your application to be considered. Click here to pay the application fee online, or mail a check to Emerge Michigan, P.O. Box 250661, Franklin, MI 48025.

The following are the dates and locations for the 2018 Program.

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

  • Weekend 1: January 13 and 14, 2018 - Lansing
  • Weekend 2: February 10, 2018 - Metro Detroit
  • Weekend 3: March 10 and 11, 2018 - Lansing
  • Weekend 4: April 7, 2018 - Metro Detroit
  • Optional Shadow Day: April 25, 2018 - Lansing
  • Weekend 5: May 5 and 6, 2018 - Lansing
  • Weekend 6: June 2, 2018 - Metro Detroit

Emerge Michigan 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 women who are registered Democrats and reside in Michigan.

Emerge Michigan will select 25 women who meet the criteria listed below and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders for the 2018 program. 

While the only requirements for women in the program are to be registered Democrats who reside in Michigan, Emerge Michigan'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 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 Michigan 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 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 Michigan.

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


Participation in the Emerge Michigan program requires a tuition of $750 which includes material fees, meals etc. Please note that travel expenses are not included. 

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

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 Beth@emergemi.org 

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