Application Process

Emerge California Application Process

—Applications for the Class of 2020 are now closed

Class of 2020 Application Timeline

July 9, 2019
Application opens for the
Class of 2020

July 15 – September 16, 2019
The 2020 Emerge California Recruitment Tour:
It’s Our Turn

September 24, 2019
Deadline to apply to the
Class of 2020

October 31, 2019
Selected candidates will be contacted for in-person interviews

November 23-24, 2019
In-person interviews

We recommend you
hold this weekend for the
in-person interview,
as all selected candidates
must interview in person
no exceptions.

Interviews will be held in:

Los Angeles for the
Southern California Cohort,

Sacramento for the
Central Valley Cohort, and the

Bay Area for the
Northern California Cohort.

December 10, 2019
Announcement of the Emerge California Class of 2020!

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required at the time of the application.

Cohort Regions

The Emerge California Program has three distinct regional cohorts: Southern California, Central Valley and Northern California. We require self-identified women to apply to the regional cohort in which they live. Please see below for the geographic breakdown of each cohort and select the corresponding region in your application.

  • Southern California includes the following counties: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial
  • Central Valley includes the following counties: Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Nevada, Colusa, Sacramento, El Dorado, Sutter, Yuba, Yolo, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern
  • Northern California includes the following counties: Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Mendocino, Tehama, Plumas, Napa, Lake, Sierra, Alpine, Calavernas, Mono, Tuolumne, Inyo, San Benito, Monterey, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Mariposa

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition for the Emerge California training program is $1,500 to cover some program costs that are otherwise subsidized by Emerge California. The tuition can be paid in full or through installments. The first installment of $250 minimum must be paid during the first training weekend (January 25-26, 2020). Tuition must be paid in full by June 15, 2020.

Emerge California believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation. That is why scholarships have been available to program members since Emerge California’s inception. For the Class of 2020, program members may request a scholarship of up to $750. We encourage program members to consider all costs associated with the program when applying for a scholarship. In addition to the tuition, program members may incur expenses related to participating in the training weekends such as travel (see next section), child care, etc.

Due to Emerge California’s new Child Care Initiative, additional child care grants may be provided during the six-month training program in the event that emergency child care is needed and unexpected child care costs arise. 

Finally, we understand that the scholarship may cover only part of the tuition. Program members can also opt to fundraise to cover the tuition cost. Please note that this would be in addition to the fundraising commitment (see section below). Emerge California is dedicated to ensuring that the training program is accessible to all who are interested in participating — we are committed to working with each program member on an individual plan to cover the tuition and other related costs.


Traveling to each training session is a requirement of the program. (Please check the Training Schedule page to see where each cohort will be meeting throughout the training program.)

All travel expenses – including hotel, airfare, mileage, tolls, rideshare, shuttles, etc – must be covered by the program member, except as noted below. Travel costs may be considered when applying for the scholarship (see section “Tuition and Scholarships” above). 

The Class of 2020 Training Schedule will include two sessions where all cohorts will meet together. For these sessions, Emerge California will cover the costs as noted below: 

  • Orientation/Training 1:
    January 25-26, Oakland

    For all program members who live 50 miles or more from the training site, Emerge California will reimburse travel expenses (up to $200) and will cover lodging for the evening of January 25.
  • Training Session 5:
    May 13 (Wednesday), Sacramento
    For all program members who live 50 miles or more from the training site, Emerge California will reimburse travel expenses (up to $200). 

Please note that Emerge California will also facilitate ways for program members to travel together in order to reduce costs. This may include: connecting program members who live near each other to carpool to various training locations, arranging lodging with fellow program members or Emerge California alumnae, etc. 

Fundraising Commitment

As part of fundraising skills development, program members are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 for Emerge California during the training program, in addition to the tuition as noted above. The program offers ample opportunities and support for participants to fulfill this requirement. The program is committed to helping self-identified women become excellent fundraisers, and raising funds for the organization is one of the best—and most fun—ways to perfect this skill. The top fundraisers in each cohort and for the Class of 2020 overall will be recognized at graduation. 

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge California program depends upon each program member’s commitment to the training schedule, fundraising commitment and candidate prep work. Over the six-month period, program members will meet for six training sessions totaling approximately 70 program hours. Time outside of the regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for candidate prep work and training preparation. All six training sessions are mandatory —missing a training session may impact participation in the program and one’s ability to graduate and be considered an Emerge California alumna.


The six-month Emerge California training program is not one size fits all. In fact, some applicants may be better suited for our 3-day 2019 Boot Camp. Click here for more information about the 2019 Boot Camp.

If you fit any of the criteria below, we strongly suggest you consider applying to our 2019 Boot Camp and do not apply to the 2020 six-month program.

  • You will be or are a declared candidate in the March 2020 Primary Election; or
  • You are a current elected official who had a contested election and are ready to take your public service to the next level; or
  • You are already an Emerge alumna and want to brush up on your campaign skills.

If you have reviewed the information about our six-month training program and the 2019 Boot Camp and are still not quite sure which would be best for you, please reach out to us at

Staff will also be onsite at all info sessions along our Recruitment Tour – we encourage you to come to an info session near you to meet staff and Emerge CA alumnae and learn more about the program!

Ready to Apply to the Class of 2020?!

We encourage you to start an application in order to review what information you will need to submit in order to apply. In addition to the questions on the application, a complete application also includes submission of your resume and two letters of recommendation.

All applications must be submitted by:
11:59 PM PST on
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
—no exceptions