This page can be found on the web at the following url:

Click here to skip navigation
An Official Web Site of the United States Government
Thursday, October 20, 2016

the opportunity


"I'm going to be asking more people around the country -- more inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries -- to sign up to serve. We've got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges…We all have a stake in government success -- because the government is us."
- President Barack Obama, "Presenting the 21st Century Management Agenda;" July 8, 2013

What is the PMF STEM track?

In 2012, President Obama directed Federal agencies to close the skills gap for mission critical occupations, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Beginning with the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2014, the PMF Program piloted a STEM track to address this skills gap. The PMF STEM track will help identify and train future STEM leaders for the Federal Government. This pilot continues into the PMF Class of 2015 and 2016.

For more information on the benefits of the PMF Program, visit the Opportunity.


Those interested in applying for the PMF STEM track must meet, or have met within the previous two years of the opening date of the application announcement, all advanced degree requirements for one of the approved STEM degrees listed below. For more detailed information on eligibility, please visit Become A PMFAdvanced Degree means a professional or graduate degree (e.g., master's, Ph.D., J.D.).

NOTE: Eligible applicants may apply for either the PMF Program or PMF STEM track, not both.


During the 2014, 2015 and 2016 application cycle, only select advanced degrees (masters, doctorate, or professional) were eligible for the PMF STEM track pilot. The following list identifies the STEM degrees solicited for the 2016 PMF STEM track pilot, along with sample Job Series/Occupational Groups. If an applicant's discipline is not listed, they would apply to become a Finalist in the PMF Program.

  1. Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  2. Aeronautics/Astronautics (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  3. Aerospace Engineering (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  4. Agricultural Science (Job Series:  0457, Soil Conservation; 0470, Soil Science; and, 0890, Agriculture Engineering)
  5. Animal Sciences (Job Series:  0487, Animal Science)
  6. Astronomy/Space Science (Job Series: 1330, Astronomy & Space Science)
  7. Astrophysics (Job Series: 1330, Astronomy & Space Science)
  8. Biohazardous Threats/Emerging Diseases (600, 700, 800, & 1300 Groups)
  9. Biology/Biological Sciences (Job Series:  0400, Biological Sciences)
  10. Biomedical Engineering (Job Series:  0858, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering)
  11. Biostatistics (Job Series:  1530, Statistician (Medical))
  12. Chemical Engineering (Job Series:  0893, Chemical Engineering)
  13. Chemistry (Job Series:  1320, Chemistry)
  14. Civil Engineering (Job Series:  0810, Civil Engineering)
  15. Computer Engineering (Job Series:  0854, Computer Engineering)
  16. Computer Science (to qualify, submitted transcripts must demonstrate at least 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science which addresses theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science and essential mathematical and statistical techniques); (Job Series:  1550, Computer Science)
  17. Cyber Security/Information Security (Job Series:  2210, Information Technology Management)
  18. Earth & Planetary Science (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group and 1300, Physical Science Group)
  19. Ecology (Job Series:  0408, Ecologist)
  20. Electrical/Electronics Engineering (Job Series: 0850, Electrical Engineering; Job Series:  0855, Electronics Engineering)
  21. Engineering --Other (800 Group)
  22. Environmental Engineering (Job Series:  0819, Environmental Engineering)
  23. Epidemiology (Job Series:  0690, Industrial Hygiene Series; 0701, Veterinary Medical Science; and 0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  24. Food Science (Job Series:  1382, Food Technology Series and 1863, Food Inspection Series)
  25. Forestry (Job Series:  0460; 400 Group)
  26. Geology/Geological Engineering (Job Series:  1350, Geology)
  27. Geophysics (Job Series:  1313, Geophysics)
  28. Geospatial Analysis/Geographic Information Systems (Job Series:  0150, Geography Series)
  29. Hydrology (Job Series:   1315, Hydrologist)
  30. Industrial Engineering (Job Series:  0895, Industrial Engineering Technical Series)
  31. Materials/Structural Engineering (Job Series:  0806, Materials Engineering)
  32. Mathematics (Job Series:  1500, Mathematical Sciences Group)
  33. Mechanical Engineering (Job Series:  0830, Mechanical Engineering)
  34. Medicine (Job Series:  0600, Medical, Hospital, Dental, and Public Health Group; 0701, Veterinary Medical Science Series; and 0704, Animal Health Technician Series)
  35. Meteorology (Job Series:  1340, Meteorology)
  36. Microbiology (Job Series:  0403, Microbiology)
  37. Nanotechnology (Job Series:  1301, Physical Science Series)
  38. Neurosciences (Job Series:  0600, Medical and Healthcare Group)
  39. Nuclear Engineering (Job Series:  0840, Nuclear Engineering)
  40. Nutrition/Nutritional Biology (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  41. Oceanography (Job Series:  1360, Oceanography)
  42. Petroleum Engineering (Job Series:  0881, Petroleum Engineering)
  43. Pharmacology (Job Series:  0405, Pharmacology)
  44. Physics (Job Series:  1310, Physics)
  45. Population Biology (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  46. *Public Health (see notation below)
  47. Research Psychology (Job Series:  0180, Psychology Series; Research Guide)
  48. Resource Economics (Job Series:  0110, Economist Series)
  49. Statistics (Job Series:  1530, Statistics)
  50. Structural Engineering (Job Series:  0810, Structural Engineering)
  51. Systems Engineering (800 Group)
  52. Toxicology (Job Series:  0415, Toxicology)
  53. Veterinary Medicine (Job Series: 0701, Veterinary Medical Science Series)

* Public Health has been removed as a PMF STEM track discipline. However, applicants with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in one of the STEM disciplines listed above ARE eligible to apply for the PMF STEM track. All other MPH applicants may apply to the general PMF Program.

A full list of all degrees\disciplines, languages, and skills\competencies\attributes colleced during the application process can be found under Application Criteria.

The Future

Upon completion of the PMF STEM track, Fellows will play key roles in addressing important national challenges, including:

  • Managing research and development programs
  • Performing world class, cutting edge science and engineering research and development
  • Developing technically-informed policies and regulations
  • Responding to natural and man-made disasters
  • Leading the federal science and technology enterprise

PMF STEM Finalists

PMF STEM Finalists, once announced, are only eligible for positions designated by participating Federal agencies as PMF STEM.  PMF Finalists are not eligible for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.  STEM positions are determined by the Federal agency recruiting for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.

PMF STEM Finalists can search by selecting "PMF STEM" under the "Appointment Type" search criteria when viewing appointment opportunities in the PMF TAS (Talent Acquisition System). 

STEM positions are those positions advertising a specific Job Series or Occupational Group as shown above in the list of STEM eligible degrees recruited for the PMF STEM pilot and having a requirement related to the STEM eligible degree. Agencies should work with their Human Resources (HR) staff to determine if the position is a STEM eligible position. 

UPDATED: 07-29-2016