Program Eligibility and Application Process

Application Process

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.

Due to heightened health and safety concerns, Emerge is making the wellbeing of all our employees and cohort members a top priority. As such, our trainings may be hosted in-person or virtually depending on state and national health guidelines and the comfort of the women and non-binary individuals in our network. 


An applicant must be a self identified Democratic woman or non-binary individual

An applicant must reside in the state of New Mexico

An applicant must be have the following:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for public office in the next few years;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks; and
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision.

An applicant must agree to full program participation, which entails attendance at all training sessions throughout the seven-month period, and reading and responding to frequent communications from Emerge New Mexico.

Emerge New Mexico embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all self-identified Democratic women and non-binary individuals regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability. We are also intentional about recruiting self-identified Democratic women and non-binary individuals from groups that have been historically excluded from politics, including the New American Majority — Black, Brown, and Indigenous women, women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and young and unmarried women. 

Our mission is to increase the number of Democratic women and non-binary leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. We acknowledge both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the interval barriers women and non-binary individuals may impose on themselves. As such, we work hard to ensure our program meets the needs of all program members and we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in all aspects of the program.


The application and selection process for the Class of 2025 runs from October to December 2024. To be considered for the Class of 2025, interested applicants must complete the following:

  • Submit a completed application by TBA
  • Participate in the interviews in TBA. After applications are reviewed, finalists will be invited to a virtual panel interview with the selection committee. 

Invitations to join the 2025 class to be extended in early February 2025.


Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge New Mexico signature program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the seven-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Additional time outside of regularly scheduled training will be necessary for preparation, reflection, and mandatory volunteer hours. While we understand that emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence may result in a deferral to the following year. Also, program members are permitted one excused absence throughout the program. Additional absences, however, may result in deferral to the following year. Review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend all training days.

Tentative Program Session Dates (Dates TBD)

Sessions are typically held one weekend per month unless otherwise noted. Due to COVID-19, sessions can be scheduled to be held virtually and subject to change.

March 31: Welcome Reception

April 1: Day 1

April 22: Day 2

May 20: Day 3

June 24: Day 4

July 15-16: Day 5 & 6

August 19: Day 7

Sept 9: Day 8 & Graduation in Santa Fe

*In addition to the tentative session dates, there will be orientation. Dates will be forthcoming.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35.00 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee may be paid online through the application portal. Alternatively, a check payable to ‘Emerge New Mexico’ may be mailed to Emerge New Mexico, 500 Marquette Ave. NW, Suite 280, NM 87102. 

Program Tuition

Tuition for the seven-month signature program is $300.00. Payment installment plans are available.

Generally, the program takes place in various parts of the state one to two days each month. In those cases, travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location and proximity to training location. Emerge New Mexico will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, though travel/lodging costs are not typically covered by the program.

Application Fee Waivers and Scholarship

At Emerge New Mexico, we believe individual circumstances should not be a barrier to applying and participating in the program. As such, we offer financial assistance to those who qualify. 

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, reach out to Emerge New Mexico at 

Note to Current Candidates for Public Office: Current candidates (at the time applying for a scholarship) are ineligible for funding support. Since Emerge New Mexico is a NON-PAC 527 organization, we cannot endorse candidates or provide financial support, including via monetary contributions or in-kind donations to current candidates. This is why current candidates for elected office are NOT eligible for scholarships. We highly encourage applicants to contact Emerge New Mexico to discuss their options at