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Friday, October 9, 2015

Become a PMF

Application Process

Applying is only the first step

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The PMF Program accepts applications annually. When the application window opens, you will find an announcement on USAJOBS (search for "Presidential Management Fellows" at We strongly encourage you to review the entire Become A PMF section of this website, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

Applying to the Program is only the first step in becoming a PMF. During the application process, you must take an on-line assessment, submit a resume and transcript, and complete the on-line essays. Applicants will be further evaluated for selection as Semi-Finalists and invited to participate in the in-person assessment. Top performing Semi-Finalists will be named as Finalists. Finalists are eligible for appointment as a Fellow with a participating agency.

For information on the PMF STEM Track pilot, go to the PMF STEM section.

For more information, please review the Application Tips.

For technical difficulty during the application process, please select the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner (on the blue menu bar). You will be redirected to the Application Help webpage.

System and Browser Requirements 


The browser requirements for the systems used during the application and on-line assessment process appear below. Please use the recommended browsers and settings. To prevent inconsistencies and any technical problems, applicants should refrain from using other browsers not supported. 

The application system is optimized for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, and Firefox 4+. Functionality may not appear as designed for later versions of Internet Explorer. These are the same requirements for when Semi-Finalists use Event Scheduler to schedule their in-person assessment.

It is recommended that you clear your cache by deleting your browser history under your Tools/Internet Options menu before creating a user account and applying to the program.

Note to Apple users: The Safari browser is not fully compatible with the application. The same applies for many smart phone and tablet applications. 


Make sure that you have the latest version of  Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer and avoid using devices that are not compatible with Flash. 

The system requirements needed for the on-line assessment can be found in the Assessment Preparation Guide

Document File Types

Applies to documents (resume, transcript, and supporting files) submitted during the application process:

  • File format must be in gif image (.gif), jpeg image (.jpg), png image (.png), rich text format (.rtf), Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Adobe pdf (.pdf), or Word Perfect (.wpd)
  • File size must not exceed 3MB (megabytes) per file
  • Upload each document in the respective section
  • File must not include macros or scripts of any kind

Contact Information

During the application period, email is the best way to communicate with the PMF Program Office. Therefore, please provide a current email address in your application that you can access throughout the application, assessment and selection processes. Please consider using a third-party email provider instead of your school or work email address.

When creating a User Account to apply to the PMF Program, please ensure the email address you provide is current and accessible throughout the application, assessment, and selection process. If you have previously applied to the PMF Program, do NOT create an additional account. The system only allows a single account to be associated to a Social Security Number and email address; you should use your previous account. Follow the instructions on the login screen if you have forgotten your password.

During the application process, you will be prompted to enter Personal Information (e.g., contact information). Please avoid using dashes, commas, and apostrophes in the name fields.

Also, add the following email addresses to your allowed email list and/or email address book: and

Visit the next section to view information on Application Tips.

UPDATED: 09-28-2015