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
(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.
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 hte
on-line essays. Applicants with qualifying scores will be
identified as Semi-Finalists and invited to participate in the
in-person assessment. Top performing Semi-Finalists will be named
as Finalists. Finalists are eligible for appointment as a Fellow
with a participating agency.
For more information, please review the Application
For technical difficulty during the application process,
please follow the instructions found at the "Help" tab of the
System and Browser
The browser requirements for the systems used during the
application 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
The system is optimized for Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 4+.
Functionality may not appear as designed for later versions of
Make sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your
computer and avoid using devices that are not compatible with
Flash. It's also 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.
The system requirements needed for the on-line assessment can be
found in the Assessment Preparation
Note to Apple users: The Safari browser is not fully compatible
with the application. The same applies for many smart phone and
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
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.
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. If
you have previously applied to the PMF Program or created an
applicant account since the fall of 2012, do NOT create an
additional account. The system only allows a single account to be
associated to a Social Security Number; you should use your
previous account. Follow the instructions on the login screen if
you have forgotten your password.
Also, add the following email addresses to your allowed email
list and/or email address book: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Visit the next section to view Application Tips.