Application Process

Applications for the 2021 Emerge Nevada Class are now closed!

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 of December  20, 2020, due to the detailed nature of the application.

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Nevada seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership, are interested in or plan to run for elected office, and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Plan to run for office within the next 5 years;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the training.
  • Applicants must be Democrats who reside in the state of Nevada and identify as women.

Emerge Nevada will select 20-25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe to 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 2021 Emerge Nevada training program, applicants must complete a written application by December 20, 2020.

Online applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview beginning in November. Invitations to join the 2021 class will be extended by January 15, 2021.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Nevada program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  Over the six months, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled training will be necessary for homework, volunteer work and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first and last day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year.

Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, all 2021 training sessions will be held virtually.

2021 Training Dates

The 2021 cohort runs from January through July 2021.

Virtual training sessions will be conducted via Zoom and require a relatively quiet space with internet and computer access, as we do strongly encourage participation via video. If you have limited access to any of these items, we will work with you to help ensure you can successfully participate. All virtual training sessions include adequate breaks, and we are continuously learning and adopting best practices for virtual training to ensure each training session is effective and engaging.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.

Payment can be made here


Emerge Nevada will review completed online applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee beginning in November by Zoom video conference.

Class of 2021 interview dates and times will be scheduled on an individual basis with each applicant.


Participation in the Emerge Nevada program requires tuition of $500. There is another $500 obligation to be raised through each program member’s fundraising efforts for the program. The total obligation is $1000.00.

Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program. Financial assistance may be discussed after admission to the program.

The fundraising requirement of a minimum of $500 is an essential part of the Emerge Nevada curriculum and will be facilitated through learning this section in class and with the help of class materials.

The six-month program takes place virtually one weekend each month. No travel is required for the 2021 Emerge Nevada cohort.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Danna Lovell at