Graduate Funding Information Service

September 14, 2020

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Application Deadline: October 14, 2020, noon ET (NOTE: Application portal opens Sept 30th, 2020).

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (Fellows; PMFs).

In addition to salary and benefits, the two-year appointment provides Fellows with a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop their talents. Fellows work at a specific Federal agency, and may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency.

While serving as a PMF, Fellows will receive:

  • 160 hours of formal interactive training (on leadership, management, policy and other topics);
  • Challenging work assignments;
  • Feedback on your work;
  • At least one 4 to 6 month developmental assignment;
  • Potential for promotions and career ladders;
  • Upon certification of completion, which permits immediate noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position and carries prestige anywhere you go thereafter.


Eligibility is based on completion of advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the following year of the annual application, OR if you have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the previous two years from the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application announcement. Advanced Degree means a professional or graduate degree (e.g., master’s, Ph.D., J.D.). There is no age restriction for applying. For additionally eligibility information, click here.

For more information about the PMF program, including informational webinars and how to apply, click here.