Application Process

Applications for the 2023 Signature Program are OPEN!

The Deadline to apply for the 2023 Emerge Oregon Signature Program is November 30, 2022. Apply today!

NOTE: Due to heightened health and safety concerns, Emerge is making the wellbeing of all our employees and cohort members a top priority.

 Trainings in 2023 will be held in person.

This training is open to persons who are fully vaccinated at the time of the training. All participants and trainers take a rapid antigen test no more than 12 hours before every training session and must provide proof of a negative result to be admitted. At each session, Emerge will provide each participant a box of two test kits to replenish the testing kits used for the training.  If you are unvaccinated for any reason, or unable to use rapid testing kits, we ask that you reach out to us and we can connect you to virtual training alternatives. 

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Oregon seeks individuals who identify as women, who are registered Democrats and who want to run for public office. We also look for:

  • Evidence of professional or voluntary public policy or political leadership experience;
  • Meaningful involvement in their community;
  • Genuine interest in running for political office;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision; and
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.

For our signature program, Emerge Oregon will select no more than 25 women from across the state who best meet the criteria above and who we believe have the potential to be elected leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all individuals who identify as 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 ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office.

To be considered for our signature program in 2022, applicants must complete a written application by November 30, 2021. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person or video conference interview in early December. Invitations to join the 2022 class will be extended by December 15, 2022.

**Applications, for any of our programs, will not be considered complete until references have responded to the message our system sends once an email address is entered and the application fee has been paid.**


Apply today!

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Oregon program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  For our signature program, approximately 70 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 and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year.  Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

Training Dates

70-Hour Signature Program – 2023

Day 1 Saturday, February 25 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 2 Saturday, March 18 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 3 Saturday, April 15 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 4 Saturday, May 6 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 5 Saturday, June 3 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 6 Saturday, June 24 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 7 Saturday, July 15 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 8 Saturday, August 12 — 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grad  Saturday, August 12 — 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The first training day/weekend is absolutely mandatory. One absence after that day is okay.

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 mail a check payable to Emerge Oregon, PO Box 3493, Portland, Oregon 97208.


Tuition for the signature program is $800. Of that amount, $150 is immediately due upon acceptance in our program. The remaining portion is due by the last training day.

Payment plans are available and Emerge Oregon will assist — and train! — program members with fundraising their tuition if needed. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program. The majority of our cohort members raise their tuition over the course of the training.