Application & Process

2018 Application Process


Applications for the class of 2018 are closed. Applications for 2019 Class open in September, 2018.  

Thank you! 


Please read the following application process carefully before beginning the application.  

Application Fee

Selection Criteria

Emerge Kentucky 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 registered Democrats and who reside in the state of Kentucky.

Emerge Kentucky 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.


Tuition for the Emerge Kentucky Program is $750.  Tuition offsets the cost of Emerge Kentucky's out-of pocket costs for providing seven training sessions totalling 70 hours. Emerge Kentucky believes that individual financial circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the Program.  Financial assistance may be discussed after admission to the Program.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and should be submitted along with a completed application.  Payments should be made online.  Please submit your application fee at the following link: Application Fee Payment.  

2018 Interviews

November 18th 9AM-12PM EST - Louisville

December 2rd 9AM-12PM EST - Lexington

Time Commitment

The Emerge Kentucky training program will begin in January, culminating in a June graduation.  Participants meet at least one weekend a month during that time, with one Tuesday session in Frankfort that offers participants the opportunity to observe the state legislature in session.  

The success of the Emerge Kentucky 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.  

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

2018 Training Dates

January 26th - Orientation in Louisville

January 27th - Louisville

February 13th - Frankfort

February 24th - Western KY

March 24th - Lexington

April 28th - Louisville

May 19th - Northern KY

June 23rd - Frankfort (Graduation) 

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