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Friday, August 14, 2020



Brief Description of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.

The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground, whether prospective students want a career in public service or elsewhere. Based on current PMF Program regulations and policies, eligible individuals apply and participate in a rigorous application and assessment process. Those ultimately selected as Finalists seek appointments as PMFs (Fellows). PMFs perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting their careers, and get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, formal professional training, rotations to other agencies, feedback on their work, plus an opportunity to make government run more efficiently. The two-year fellowship is a full-time, paid appointment.

The two-year fellowship includes:

  • Formal training of 80 hours each year of the fellowship 
  • An Individual Development Plan, a career journey map
  • An assigned senior-level Mentor
  • At least one 4-6 month developmental assignment
  • Optional rotations of one to six months in duration
  • Challenging work assignments
  • Opportunities to network with other future leaders

Additional details can be found under The Opportunity.

What's New for 2021

Each year, the PMF Program Office reviews application materials and make updates as needed. This year, the following has been updated:

  • Academic Disciplines have been added as options for applicants to select. These include:
    • Gender Studies
    • Parks/Recreation/Tourism
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • Security/Intelligence Studies
  • Academic Disciplines have been adjusted to apply to a wider audience. These include:
    • “Pharmacology” updated to “Pharmacology/Pharmacy”.
    • “International Disciplines” updated to “International Development/Studies”.
  • Skills/Competencies/Attributes have been updated as options for applicants to select, to include:
    • Human-Centered Design

For a full list, please refer to the "Application Criteria" document under the Resources section.

  • New and Updated Academic Resources have been added to support administration and faculty advising students and alumni. All documents can be found under the Resources section. These include:
    • The “PMF Program Required Application Documents and Alternative Letter” to ensure all applicant document requirements (e.g., resume and advanced degree transcript) are met, and
    • The “Academia Checklist” to provide an outline of useful ways to educate students about the PMF Program and its requirements.

Visit the next section to view information on Advising Students.

UPDATED: 04-30-2020