Application Process

Applications for Emerge Alabama's 2024 Spring Cohort will open soon

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply.

We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Alabama seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective office and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in the workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for political office;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and the attendance requirements of the trainings.
  • Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Alabama.

Emerge Alabama will select 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, 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 as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.

To be considered for the Spring 2024 Emerge Alabama training program, applicants must complete an application which will be available soon.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Alabama program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the five-month period, approximately 60 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.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee can be paidĀ hereĀ or by mail with a check payable to Emerge Alabama.


Payment plans are available and Emerge Alabama will assist program members with fundraising their tuition. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The five-month program takes place online.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Melissa Watson Ward at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

If you have any questions about the training program, please contact Melissa Watson Ward at For any technical issues with the application portal, please contact