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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Become A PMF

2018 Application

The PMF Class of 2018 application will open over a 1-2 week period during the Fall of 2017. We will communicate specific dates via this page of the PMF website.

Once the application opens, you will be able to access the PMF application via a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS ( The USAJOBS announcement will include detailed instructions on how to apply. You do not need a USAJOBS applicant user account to apply for the PMF Program.

When the application opens, you must submit a resume and transcript (and/or alternative), and supporting documentation for any of the following thay apply to you:

  • requesting reasonable accommodations,
  • claiming veterans' preference, and/or
  • claiming Native American/Indian preference.

We strongly encourage you to be proactive by preparing all required documents prior to the application launching date. For example, you may need to consult with your academic institution on the process for obtaining a transcript (and/or alternative) beforehand. Please review the Application Tips for specifics on resumes and transcripts.

We encourage you to review the Become A PMF and FAQs sections of the website for general information.


(All deadlines are based on Eastern Time)

NOTE: The dates below are approximate and subject to change. Please check frequently for any updates.

Date Description
Fall 2017

Application for the PMF Class of 2018 opens via a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS at; search for "Presidential Management Fellows"

NOTE:  The announcement will only be visible during the application period. 

Approximately 1-2 Weeks After Announcement Opening

Application for the PMF Class of 2018 closes

2-4 Weeks After Announcement Closes Applicants notified of selection of Finalists

How to Apply

The PMF Program solicits applicants annually via an announcement on USAJOBS ( The announcements will include detailed instructions on how to apply.

The steps identified below pertain to the steps outlined for the PMF Class of 2017 (last year's application and steps) and serve as a reference. These steps are subject to change.


Prepare Before You Start
Allow 3-4 hours to complete the entire application to include the biographical information, document submission, the on-line assessment, and required essay. Please review the Application Process and Application Tips webpages for additional preparations.


Applying for the PMF Program
From USAJOBS (, enter "Presidential Management Fellows" as the keywords to search for the announcement.

NOTE:  The announcement will only appear when it is open on USAJOBS. You will NOT need a USAJOBS applicant user account to apply. Follow the instructions in the announcement.


Check System Requirements
Check your system prior to starting your application to ensure you meet the specified requirements. Various browser and system requirements can be found under Application Process.


Begin the Application
Follow the instructions to create an applicant user account or log into an existing account on the Apply Site of the PMF TMS (Talent Management System). Have your documents ready for submission. The application requires a transcript (and/or alternative). Please follow the transcript requirements and request from your academic institution early. Review the Application Tips section for additional information. 


Submit Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable)
If claiming veterans' preference, follow the instructions during the application. Additional information can be found under Veterans' Preference.


Submit Documentation
All applicants must submit a resume and transcript (and/or alternative). Upload documents under the corresponding document type of the file. Applicants requesting a reasonable accommodation must submit supporting documentation.


Complete the On-Line Assessment and Essay
The on-line assessment takes approximately 2-3 hours to finish. Also, ensure completion of the required essay. Please review the  Assessment Preparation Guide for additional information.


Certify and Submit Application
Consult the announcement before certifying responses and submitting a completed application.


Application Review
During the application process, you will be able to review the completed application (with the exception of the On-Line Assessment). You may make changes to any items, other than the On-Line Assessment once it is completed, prior to the announcement closing date.


Check Application Status
Log back into your application account to check your status.

We highly encourage applicants to apply early during the application period.

Applying to the PMF Program does not guarantee a PMF appointment.

UPDATED:  08-23-2017