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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Become a PMF

Application Process

Applying is only the first step

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The PMF Program accepts applications annually. When the application window opens, you will find an announcement on USAJOBS (search for "Presidential Management Fellows" at www.USAJOBS.gov). We strongly encourage you to review the entire Become A PMF section of this website, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

The PMF Class of 2017 Application is NOW OPEN!

Applying to the Program is only the first step in becoming a PMF. During the application process, you must take an on-line assessment, submit a resume and transcript, and complete an essay.

Top performing applicants will be selected as Finalists. Finalists are eligible for appointment as a Fellow with a participating 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.

System and Browser Requirements 

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 supported. 

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, you must:

  • 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.
  • Enable JavaScript and Cookies.
  • Disable Pop-up blockers.

The system requirements needed for the on-line assessment can also be found in the Assessment Preparation Guide

Document File Types

Applies to documents (resume, transcript, and supporting files) submitted 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 file
  • Upload each document in the respective section
  • File must not include macros or scripts of any kind

Contact Information

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:  pmf@opm.gov, pmfapplication@opm.gov, and no-reply@apply.pmf.gov.

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 no-reply@apply.pmf.gov.

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 your password.

During the application process, you will be prompted to enter personal and contact information. Please avoid using dashes, commas, and apostrophes in the name fields.

Visit the next section to view information on Application Tips.

UPDATED: 11-18-2016