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- Who is eligible to be in the PMF
- How long is the program?
- When and how do I apply?
- Will I be paid? How about benefits?
- Can I get any of my student loans paid back if I
join the program?
- What are the requirements to graduate from the
- If I am selected as a Finalist, am I guaranteed a
- Can you clarify the partnership with the Federal
Privacy Council and what PMF positions may result?
1. Who is
eligible to be in the PMF Program?
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), during the academic year (as
defined under the Become a PMF\Eligibility webpage), you are
eligible to apply.
As a graduate student from any academic discipline and expected
to complete an advanced degree from a qualifying college or
university during the current academic year, you are eligible to
apply. Advanced Degree is defined as a professional or
graduate degree (e.g., master's, Ph.D., J.D.).
If you obtained your advance degree from a qualifying college or
university no more than 2 years prior to the opening date of the
announcement, you are eligible to apply.
Go to the Become
a PMF\Eligibility webpage for the current eligibility
long is the program?
The PMF Program's fellowship lasts two years. Fellowships
are full-time paid positions with benefits.
and how do I apply?
The application process can be found under the Become A
PMF\Application Process webpage. The application process
for the PMF Program is rigorous.
4. Will I
be paid? How about benefits?
PMF Program participants are paid full salary and benefits at
the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 (or equivalent) grade level depending on
the position into which hired and the hiring agency. Finalists may
be promoted based on the qualification requirements for the hired
position. More information can be found under The
5. Can I
get any of my student loans paid back if I join the
Depending on the hiring agency, PMFs may be eligible for the
Federal Student Loan Repayment Program or the Public Service Loan
Forgiveness Program. For more information, please go to the Student
are the requirements to graduate from the Program?
Fellows must complete the following requirements to graduate
from the PMF Program:
- Attend a minimum of 160 hours of formal interactive training
(80 hours per year)
- Complete at least one developmental assignment four to six
months in length
- Create a performance plan and undergo an annual performance
review with a minimum rating of "Successful" for each year of their
- Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that sets forth the
specific developmental activities agreed upon by the Fellow and
supervisor (may consult with the Agency PMF Coordinator and/or
- Receive Executive Resources Board (ERB) or equivalent
- ERB certification is needed for non-competitive conversion
7. If I am
selected as a Finalist, am I guaranteed a job?
No. If you are selected as a Finalist, you are eligible for a
PMF appointment by a participating Federal Agency. Finalists have
12 months from announcement of Finalists to accept and start a PMF
8. Can you
clarify the partnership with the Federal Privacy Council and what
PMF positions may result?
The PMF Program Office has partnered with the Federal Privacy
Council to establish a privacy discipline to recruit talented and
qualified privacy professionals into the Federal workforce.
Additional information can be found under the Partnerships
The Council is working with participating Federal agencies to
identify a variety of privacy-related positions to offer to those
Finalists with degrees in government, public health, political
science, law, information management, and communications to name a
few. Finalists are encouraged to monitor the PMF TMS for any
privacy-related appointment opportunities.