Frequently Asked Questions
How is the LBJ Women's Campaign School different?
The LBJ Women's Campaign School utilizes the resources of a top 10 academic institution combined with the network of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library to deliver a world-class curriculum for women leaders. This first-of-its-kind curriculum in Texas is bipartisan and issue neutral. We believe that when women of differing ideologies come together in the political arena, we can create lasting societal change.
Why should I attend?
The LBJ Women's Campaign School will give you all the tools you need to win. You will learn from the nation's top political experts, build a powerful network of women leaders, and gain the skills and confidence to take on any challenge. If you are serious about running for office or managing a campaign, apply today to bring your campaign to the next level.
When is the inaugural session of the LBJ Women's Campaign School?
The inaugural LBJ Women's Campaign School will begin as an online training in June 2020 and culminate with an in-person training in January 2021. Our key dates are below.
Seven Virtual Trainings in 2020:
- June 13
- July 11
- Aug. 15
- Sept. 12
- Oct. 10
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 12
In-person training at the LBJ School in 2021:
- Jan. 5–9
Where is the program held?
The program will be held online via video conferencing software June through December, and in person in January 2021 in Austin, Texas at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Is your program bipartisan?
Yes. We believe that to promote greater understanding and empathy democracy needs more spaces for bipartisan learning. We are fiercely committed to this principle and believe that great learning happens when you are around people with different views from your own. We ensure that people of both major political parties are involved in our advisory board and faculty, and recruit participants from a range of ideologies.
Is the LBJ Women's Campaign School only for those who identify as women?
No. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is an inclusive training program with a curriculum geared toward helping communities that are traditionally excluded from the public sphere. People of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Will I receive academic credit for participating?
No. The purpose of this training program is professional development.
What should I pack?
Participants should plan to wear business professional attire and plan for warm Texas weather.
Will I be required to miss work to participate?
If admitted to the program, you will be required to participate in full. We therefore encourage you to discuss participation with your employer for the January session.
What is the cost to participate?
The cost to participate is $750, which covers the costs of the multiday in-person training and the virtual trainings in the months ahead. We encourage women to fundraise for their tuition and travel expenses. We also have scholarships available based on financial need. To apply for financial aid, please fill out the form on our website. If you have any questions please see our financial aid FAQ section under the "apply" tab or please contact Executive Director Amy Kroll at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
Is there an application fee?
No. There is no application fee.
Are travel costs covered?
No, travel is not covered. However, we will be organizing hotel rooms at a discounted group rate. Because one of the most important skills you will learn at the LBJ Women's Campaign School is how to be an effective fundraiser, we encourage participants to fundraise their travel costs. However, there are limited scholarship funds available. If you have questions, please contact Executive Director Amy Kroll: email@example.com.
What kind of experience is necessary for the program?
It is important that all participants have meaningful professional experience. This program is not designed for entry-level staff, but rather for those who are ready to run or serve as senior campaign staff. We know that elected officials and senior campaign staff can come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are looking for applicants with demonstrated leadership and a civic-minded outlook.
Is a college degree a requirement of the program?
No. However the application is highly selective, so applicants must demonstrate meaningful experience.
Application and Selection:
What is required in the application?
Applicants must submit the application form via the web platform, including one letter of recommendation. Please submit the email address of the recommender in the form below the application. He or she will then receive an email with further instructions.
When the applications opened, pledge letters were required. Is that still a requirement for the application?
Because of the economic constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to waive the pledge letter requirement for the inaugural class. If you would like to submit your two pledge letters, you are welcome to email them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are applications due and when will I be notified of admittance to the program?
Applications will close on May 3; applicants will be notified by the end of May.
Can I nominate a woman to apply?
Yes! To nominate someone to apply to the program, please fill out this form. One of the most important determinants of whether or not someone decides to run for office, is whether or not she was recruited to run. The nomination will not impact the admissions process, but could make the difference for someone considering entering the political arena. If you care about getting more women in politics, please nominate leaders in your community today!