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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. 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. 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 Tips.

For technical difficulty during the application process, please follow the instructions found at the "Help" tab of the application.

System and Browser Requirements 

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 supported. 

The system is optimized for Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 4+. Functionality may not appear as designed for later versions of Internet Explorer.

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 Guide

Note to Apple users: The Safari browser is not fully compatible with the application. The same applies for many smart phone and tablet applications.

Document File Types

Applies to documents (resume, transcript, 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 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 (ex. Google or Yahoo!) instead of your school 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. Also, please add the following email addresses to your allowed email list and/or email address book: and You may want to use a third-party email provider instead of your school email address.

Visit the next section to view Application Tips.

UPDATED: 11-14-2013