Are you ready to apply to the Class of 2023?

We are excited that you are applying for the Emerge California Class of 2023. Thank you for your interest in the Emerge California candidate training program and, more importantly, thank you for stepping up to serve in elected office. We need you.

Applications for the Class of 2023 are now closed. Please sign up for our email list to be notified when Class of 2024 applications open in spring 2023!

Before you start your application, we highly recommend you take these actions: 

  • Understand the Application Process, including information about the application timeline and fee, our regional cohorts, program tuition and scholarship and grant opportunities, and the time and fundraising commitments if accepted into the program.
  • Learn the Selection Criteria, including the eligibility requirements and how program members are selected to participate in the program.

  • Review and hold the dates of the 2023 Training Sessions on your calendar (attendance at all training sessions is required upon acceptance into the program) and learn how the program will be delivered virtually in 2023.

  • IMPORTANT: We highly encourage you to read the application directions carefully and review the application in its entirety before you begin. You may only submit the application once. You will not be able to save your progress and return to the application form, and you will not be able to make changes on your application once submitted. To avoid any potential technical issues, we strongly suggest that you work on your application offline using the Word document APPLICATION DRAFT available for download here and then copy and paste your responses into the form when you are ready to submit your 100% completed application form.

Please note that the application requires a resume and two letters of recommendation. These letters must be recommending you specifically for Emerge California.

The Class of 2023 application is a Google Form that requires applicants sign into a Google Account. If you do not have a Google Account and are unable to create one, please contact us at to receive an alternate version of the application form.


In order to complete your application, we require every applicant to watch our Class of 2023 Recruitment Video. It includes all you need to know as an applicant, and it is important to us that you have this information as you apply to the Class of 2023.


  • Contact us: Please email us at with any questions.
  • Class of 2023 Recruitment Info Sessions: Join us at a Zoom Info Session to connect with program staff and get your questions answered!