Become a PMF
Applying is only the first
The PMF Program accepts applications annually. When the
application window opens, you will find an announcement on
USAJOBS at www.USAJOBS.gov. We strongly encourage you to
review the entire Become A PMF section of this website,
including the Frequently
Applying to the Program is only the first step in becoming a
PMF. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements
apply in the fall. During the application process, you must take an
on-line assessment, submit a resume and transcript, and complete an
essay. Within a few weeks after the application closes, we will
review applicants for eligibility, school accreditation, complete
applications, and assessment scores.
Top performing applicants will be selected as Finalists.
Finalists are eligible for appointment as a Fellow with a
participating Federal agency.
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. There are
separate methods for contacting in in regards to general
information and technical support during the application and
System and Browser
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
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.
In order for the application and on-line assessment to display
and function properly on your computer, we recommend the
- Use a broadband internet connection. Dial-up connections affect
the performance of the system and are not recommended.
- Use one of the following supported browsers:
- Google Chrome (recommended),
- Internet Explorer (IE) 10 and above, including Edge, or
- Mozilla Firefox.
- Disable Pop-up blockers.
The system requirements needed for the on-line assessment can
also be found in the Assessment Preparation
Document File Types
The following outlines the document file types accepted 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
- Upload each document in the respective section
- File must not include macros or scripts of any kind
NOTE: Please do not submit any letters of
recommendation or any documents containing photos.
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. We recommend that you add the
following email addresses to your "safe" or "allowed email list"
and email address book: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Emails from applicants, Finalists, adn Fellows should be sent to
NOTE: When an applicant creates their applicant
user account, an automated email is sent to the applicant to
validate their email address. The automated email comes from
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.
Follow the instructions on the login screen if you have forgotten
You do not need to create and use a USAJOBS
applicant account to apply to the PMF Program.
During the application process, you will be prompted to enter
personal and contact information. Please avoid using dashes,
commas, apostrophes, or other special characters in the name
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