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Presidential Management Fellows


Important Note: The Department of Career Services PMF Preparation Guide is now complete. While the application window is now closed, the information contained within the document is useful in the later stages of the competition.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is one of the most prestigious and competitive government employment opportunities and serves as the government's flagship leadership development program. Candidates should be highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to scholarship, public service, their field of study, and academic excellence. Applicants should also have a demonstrated aptitude for leadership. Anyone interested in this opportunity should follow the instructions below to apply. Join the PMF group within The Quad to network with fellow applicants and to seek advice from past participants.

2016 Program Update: Two of our graduate students were named as finalists for the PMF program.

View previous PMF Fellows >


The application window for the PMF Class of 2017 has not yet opened. Once open, students and alumni who are interested in applying for this opportunity may review the vacancy announcement on USAJobs for all of the pertinent details.

Additional information about PMF’s application process can be found on the PMF Application Process page.


New to the PMF program, the PMF-STEM track is designed for those individuals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This track seeks to address the "skills gap for mission critical occupations" in the federal government. When completing the PMF application, PMF-STEM will appear as a separate opportunity in the system. Students in the following degree programs at our university are eligible to apply for this PMF-STEM track:

  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Studies
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Space Studies

The complete list of eligible degree programs may be found on the PMF website. Important Note  - If your degree program is not one of those listed above, regardless if you are in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, do not apply for the PMF-STEM track.

Application Process

  • Stage 1 - Online Assessment: The results of the online assessment are the basis for the selection of semifinalists. Please allow approximately three hours to prepare, review, and submit your application.
  • Stage 2 - In-Person Assessment: Semifinalists are required to attend an in-person assessment in Washington, D.C. at their own expense.
  • Stage 3 - Finalist Selection: Once selected, finalists are given the opportunity to apply directly to Fellows positions with participating government agencies and have one year to secure a position. Learn more about previous PMF finalists.

Additional information about the online and in-person assessment process and preparatory materials can be found on PMF’s Assessment Process page. You can also view the PMF Program 2016 Assessment Preparation Guide.

Due Dates

PMF Class of 2017: Application for the PMF Class of 2017 will become available for approximately two weeks on Interested individuals may locate this announcement by searching for “Presidential Management Fellows.”

Two Weeks After Announcement Closes: Deadline for applicants to submit any necessary supporting documentation for any claims of veterans’ preference and/or Native American (Indian) Preference.

Mid-November 2016: Applicants are notified of eligibility; semifinalists are selected, notified, and begin scheduling their in-person assessments.

December 2016 to February 2017: In-person assessments conducted for semi-finalists in Washington, D.C.

March 2017: Finalists are selected and notified via email.

Additional Information

Agency Appointments: A list of agencies that participated in PMF’s 2012 recruitment cycle can be found here.

Fellows can be hired at one of three grade levels, from GS-9 to GS-12. Although most Fellows may be appointed at the GS-9 level, be aware that this opportunity can lead to a number of career outcomes. In addition, you can view profiles of past fellows.


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