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Presidential Management Fellows Program



Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government. You will give the best you have to give to a cause greater than yourself. You will bring fresh, new ideas and a willingness to take on challenges never dreamed possible. Your zeal for the position will serve to spark new energy and excitement in your co-workers. As part of the PMF "fraternal order," you will portray your elite status through the quality of your work and service to your country. You will need to demonstrate leadership, foster teamwork, set goals and, in the end, deliver something of value to the American people. n addition to salary and benefits, the PMF Program gives you a lot in return for your hard work. Your two-year appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. You will be challenged with opportunities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker and future leader. In addition to working at a single Federal agency, you may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency. These rotational opportunities will challenge you even further and give you insight into how other areas of government operate. While serving, you will receive: 160 hours of formal interactive training; challenging work assignments; feedback; at least one 4-6 month developmental assignment; potential for promotions and career ladders; certification permitting immediate noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position and carries prestige anywhere you go thereafter.


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:
Masters, PhD

Age minimum or maximum:*

Open to international students:

Required to demonstrate financial need:

Discipline Area(s):
Not Specified

Demographic Information (preferred or required):

Award type:

Amount Awarded:
Amount varies
Other: Salary and benefits


Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Date application is available:

USC endorsement required:

Award Details:

Is there an interview:

Approximate date finalists are notified:

Approximate date selected candidates are notified:

Average number of applications received:

Number awarded:


U.S. Office of Personnel Management


Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Presidential Management Fellows Program





1900 East Street, NW, Room 2469
Washington, D.C.  20415
United States