Brief Description of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
The mission of the PMF Program is to recruit and develop tomorrow’s Federal Government leaders from all segments of society. Since 1977, the program has delivered on that mission by matching outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.
The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground, whether graduate 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, which typically opens annually in the fall. Additional details on the application and assessment process can be found under Become a PMF. Those ultimately selected as Finalists seek appointments as PMFs (Fellows). PMFs perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting their careers, and receive full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, formal training and development, rotations to other parts of government, feedback on their work, and an opportunity to make government run more efficiently. The two-year fellowship is a full-time, paid appointment at a Federal agency.
The two-year fellowship includes:
- Challenging work assignments that have a broad impact on the American public
- Full-time salary and benefits paid by the appointing agency – Initial appointment at the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 levels (or equivalent)
- Individual Development Plan that puts Fellows on leadership trajectory
- 160 hours (i.e., 80 hours/year) of formal, interactive training on functional/technical and leadership competencies, including the PMF Leadership Development Program
- At least one 4-6 month developmental assignment, and optional short-term rotations
- A senior-level mentor to assist the Fellow with their journey/career path
- Upon completion, potential conversion to a permanent or term position
- The prestige that goes with being a Fellow, which will follow throughout their career
Additional details can be found under The Opportunity.
What's New for 2024?
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