Become a PMF
NOTE: The information below pertains to the PMF
Class of 2014 application cycle. Please see the 2015
Application webpage for information on the 2015 application
cycle; which will be updated this summer.
If you will meet all graduate degree
requirements (even though you have not necessarily graduated),
including the completion or successful defense of any required
thesis or dissertation (as required), you are eligible to apply for
the PMF Class of 2014. Eligibility is based on completion of
current graduate work by August 31, 2014.
- OR -
If you have completed an
advanced degree (masters, doctorate, or professional) from a
qualifying college or university during the previous two years
from the opening date of the PMF Program's application
announcement, you are eligible to apply (e.g., between October 1,
2011 and October 1, 2013).
NOTE: Individuals who previously applied for
the program, but were not selected as a Finalist, may reapply if
they meet eligibility requirements. Class of 2014 Finalists who
have not obtained a PMF appointment may apply for the Class of
2015; however, they will forfeit their status as a current Finalist
upon accessing the on-line assessment.
A qualifying college or university is an academic
institution that meets the requirements as stated in the "General
Policies and Instructions" section of OPM's "Operating Manual:
Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions", under
"Educational and Training Provisions or Requirements". The
Operating Manual is available on OPM's website at
. Generally, the institution
must be accredited or must have acquired "pre-accreditation" or
"candidate for accreditation status" by an accrediting body
recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
You can search the U.S. Department of Education's Federal
Student Aid website at https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/schoolSearch?locale=en_En
to see if your college/university has a valid Federal Title V
School Code. If your college/university is listed, then most
likely it is accredited and recognized for eligibility in applying
to the PMF Program.
Applicants who are in the process of completing their advanced
degree are strongly encouraged to determine whether or not they
will indeed complete all degree requirements by the August 31
deadline. There is no regulatory provision to allow the PMF Program
Office to waive or defer a Finalists' appointment eligibility if
he/she does not complete degree requirements. Completing degree
requirements includes the successful completion/defense of any
thesis/dissertation, which includes any deadlines or findings of
the school's review.
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Preference and Indian Preference, etc, on the
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