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The PMF Program is changing and new regulations will be issued soon.
This program is used to attract outstanding men and women
to federal service from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear
interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and
management of public policies and programs. The PMF Program,
administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the
Federal Government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help
agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity.
Since 1977, the PMF Program has helped Federal agencies meet their workforce
and succession planning needs by attracting outstanding master’s, law, and
doctoral-level students to Federal service. Executive Order 13318,
modernized the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, in keeping with the
emphasis on the strategic management of the Federal Government's human capital.
With this Executive Order, the name was changed to the Presidential Management
Fellows (PMF) Program to better reflect its high standards, rigor, and prestige.
Students can use this two-year fellowship as a stepping stone to highly visible
and respected leadership positions in the Federal Government.
This rigorous two-year paid fellowship includes:
- Formal classroom training of 160 hours,
- Mandatory four to six month developmental assignment,
- Optional rotations of one to six months in duration,
- Challenging work assignments,
- Potential for accelerated promotions, and
- Opportunities to network with other future leaders.
Many Federal agencies partner with the PMF Program Office to hire Fellows
annually. Fellows engage in solving domestic and international issues
including, but not limited to:
- Public Administration,
- Foreign Policy,
- Criminal Justice,
- Health, and Financial Management.
Once a finalist is appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow, the OPM
regulations outline the requirements for successful completion of the two year
fellowship. To successfully complete the PMF Program and convert to a
permanent Federal position, during the two-year fellowship, a Fellow must
- An agency-approved Individual Development Plan (IDP);
- A minimum of 80 hours of formal classroom training each year of the
fellowship, for a total of 160 hours;
- At least one developmental assignment of four to six months in duration;
- A performance plan and annual review; and,
- A certification of successful completion of the program by the
appointing agency’s Executive Resources Board (ERB), or equivalent, at the
end of the fellowship.
Upon successful completion of the fellowship and non-competitive appointment
to career or career-conditional employment under section 315.708(c) of title 5,
Code of Federal Regulations, the Fellow does not serve a probationary period and
acquires competitive status immediately upon conversion. Successful
completion of the PMF fellowship is regarded as completion of the probationary
period. After permanent appointment, Fellows are not subject to the 90-day
service rule in section 330.501 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (general
restriction on movement after competitive appointment), and they do not serve
the probationary period applied to Federal positions that are filled through
open competition, as outlined.
- Assessment and Finalist Selection
- Agency Placement as a Fellow
The PMF Program solicits students annually. Deadlines are listed in the
"How to Apply" section below, under "Timelines"; but may be subject to change.
Eligible applicants apply to the PMF Program via a vacancy announcement on
or via a link on the “PMF
Application” webpage once activated. Eligible applicants will be
required to link a resume and complete a qualifications questionnaire during the
application process. Applicants claiming veterans’ preference will also
need to provide supporting documentation.
Students may contact their school guidance office, career planning and
placement office, teachers, or Federal agency employment office where they are
interested in working.