Frequently Asked Questions
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- Our school holds career fairs, information
sessions, etc. Can someone from the PMF Program Office come speak
about the program?
- How can I be kept informed of new developments in
the PMF Program?
- Can colleges and universities post the PMF
application on their job sites?
- Which degree/disciplines will be most relevant or
- When is the application period?
- Who is eligible to apply?
- Are current Finalists eligible to compete for the
next PMF application cycle?
- Are there opportunities for recent law
- What documents are required for the PMF
- Where can I find a general overview, application
instructions, the timeline, and tips for our students?
- How will the timeline and application
requirements differ from previous years?
- What will be the components of the assessment
- Are there materials provided to students to
prepare them for the application and assessment process?
- Will OPM provide information about the total
number of applicants and names of Finalists?
- How do Finalists learn about possible Federal
agency PMF appointment opportunities? Where are the positions
school holds career fairs, information sessions, etc. Can someone
from the PMF Program Office come speak about the
The PMF Program Office receives numerous requests to speak at
career fairs and information sessions throughout the year. In an
effort to maximize resources, and get timely updates to all
academia stakeholders, we leverage technology to deliver details
about the program.
An annual academia stakeholder meeting is conducted via a
webinar and/or conference line to brief schools about the program
and upcoming application timelines. We also provide marketing and
outreach materials for school usage. We maintain a PMFCampus
listserv consisting of academia subscribers and we also partner
with several affinity organizations. Depending on other OPM
initiatives, we may visit select schools and/or attend regional
conferences to address as many schools as possible.
2. How can
I be kept informed of new developments in the PMF
The PMF Program Office maintains a listserv called "PMFCampus."
This listserv is specifically for academia staff to voluntarily
subscribe for updates to the program. To subscribe, go to the Academia\Getting
Info webpage. Everyone is encouraged to monitor the PMF
website's News and Events section for
announcements throughout the year.
colleges and universities post the PMF application on their job
Once the annual PMF application period is announced, colleges
and universities may post dates and information to their job site.
And once the application launches on USAJOBS, colleges and
universities may post the USAJOBS link to the announcement on their
school job site. Eligible applicants must follow the PMF Program's
official announcement instructions to apply. The official
announcement will be posted to USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), with the keywords
"Presidential Management Fellows", along with a direct link on the
PMF website when the application period launches.
degree/disciplines will be most relevant or required?
The PMF Program is open to all accredited advanced degree
students. The advanced degree from an accredited academic
institution typically makes the Finalist eligible for the GS-09
grade/pay level. It does not necessarily mean the Finalists must
appoint into a position directly related to their degree. However,
some positions have positive education requirements where the
Finalists must meet certain education
requirements. Advanced Degree means a professional or
graduate degree (e.g., master's, Ph.D., J.D.).
5. When is
the application period?
Typically, the application launches annually in the
fall. Information about the annual PMF application, and
any known dates, can be found under the Become a PMF webpage.
6. Who is
eligible to apply?
Students who will meet all graduate degree requirements (even
though awaiting graduation), including the completion or successful
defense of any required thesis or dissertation, during the academic
year (as identified under the Become A PMF\Application
Process webpage), are eligible to apply. Additional information
about eligibility can be found under the Become
a PMF\Eligibility webpage.
Also, those who have obtained an advance degree from a
qualifying college or university within 2 (two) years prior to the
opening date of the announcement are eligible to
More information can be found under the Become A
PMF\Application Process webpage.
current Finalists eligible to compete for the next PMF application
Yes, if the Finalist meets eligibility requirements. However, if
a current Finalist initiates an application and the on-line
assessment to the next class, his/her current status as a Finalist
will be forfeited.
there opportunities for recent law graduates?
The PMF Program is open to all advanced degrees, including
J.D.'s. However, attorney positions in the Federal Government are
hired under different appointing authorities and regulations.
Additional information can
be found under the Become a
documents are required for the PMF application?
All applicants are required to submit a resume and a school
transcript (and/or alternative). Additional information about these
documents can be found under the Become A PMF\Application
Process\Application Tips webpage.
Applicants who claim veterans' preference, Indian Preference,
and/or reasonable accommodations for the assessment process are
required to submit supporting documentation; information about
these can be found under the Become a PMF webpage.
10. Where can I find a general overview,
application instructions, the timeline, and tips for our
Information on eligibility requirements, application process,
timelines, and tips can all be found under the Become A PMF
webpage. General information and resources specific to academia can
be found under the Academia\Resources webpage.
will the timeline and application requirements differ from previous
Information about eligibility, how to apply, and dates can be
found under the Become a PMF webpage. In
addtion, tips for applicants can be found under the Become a PMF\Application
Process\Application Tips webpage.
The annual PMF application is typically conducted in the Fall.
Information about the application and assessment process, including
any changes, can be found under the Become a PMF
Additional updates may be posted under the News & Events section.
will be the components of the assessment process?
During the application process, applicants will be asked to
complete an an on-line assessment consisting of multiple parts.
Additional information explaining the on-line assessments,
competencies assessed, and the Assessments Preparation
Guide, can be found under the Become A PMF\Assessment Process
there materials provided to students to prepare them for the
application and assessment process?
Yes. Applicants should thoroughly review the Become A PMF
webpage (including all the Frequently Asked Questions) and the
announcement when the application launches. An Assessment
Preparation Guide is also made available under the Become A
PMF\Assessment Process webpage shortly before the announcement
opens and during the application period.
OPM provide information about the total number of applicants and
names of Finalists?
We will provide this information on-line. An official list of
Finalists is posted on the Become a PMF\Current
Finalists webpage which will also include numbers. For a
current list of Finalists that can be sorted by name, academic
institution, qualifying degree, status, and appointment
information, go to: https://apply.pmf.gov/finalists.aspx.
do Finalists learn about possible Federal agency PMF appointment
opportunities? Where are the positions located?
Participating Federal agencies post available PMF appointment
opportunities to an on-line job bank, part of the PMF TMS (Talent
Management System). Finalists will be instructed to log into the
Apply Site of the PMF TMS, via their applicant user account, and
search for available PMF appointment opportunities.
Most PMF appointments are located in the Washington, DC metro
Agencies post available positions throughout the year. Typically
a boost in the number of positions occurs shortly after the
beginning of a fiscal year (October) when agencies adjust their
staffing and budget forecasts or when funding for the next fiscal
year is appropriated.