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 receive 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 2022
Each year, the PMF Program Office reviews application materials and make updates as needed. For the upcoming class year, the following has been updated:
- Online Assessment: Changes are being made to the online assessment. To learn more, please review the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section.
- PMF Applicant Handbook: This handbook details the annual application process, explains eligibility requirements, required documentation, and provides an overview of the assessment process. In addition, effective for 2022, the previous separate PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been integrated into the Handbook to prepare prospective applicants for the online assessment, including sample questions and how to request a reasonable accommodation. This Handbook, once posted, along with other resources, are available under the Become a PMF\Resources section for applicants.
- PMF Presentation for Academic Institutions: This presentation for academia stakeholders to use for student information sessions has been updated to reflect the changes to the online assessment for 2022.
- Applicants are able to access their one-time submitted application to upload new or updated documents up until the application closes. Those applicants who are claiming veterans’ preference will have up to two weeks after the application closes to submit supporting documentation for their claim.
Visit the next section to view information on Advising Students.