Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal agencies to engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in a variety of fields, such as public policy, public health, international affairs, business administration, STEM, cybersecurity, and more.

The PMF Program seeks eligible graduate students every year who want to make a difference through public service.

The selection process for the Presidential Management Fellows Program consists of the following:

    1. Application
    2. Assessment Process
    3. Finalist Selection
    4. Agency Placement as a Fellow


You may be eligible to apply to the PMF Program if you are a current graduate student or a recent graduate student. For the PMF Program, this is defined below. You may be eligible to apply if:

You are a current graduate presently attending a qualifying college or university and expecting to complete your advanced degree requirements (including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation) by August 31st of the year following the annual application.

– OR –

You are a recent graduate who has completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the two years preceding the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application.


Individuals who are not U.S. citizens can apply to the PMF Program; however, appointment opportunities for PMF positions for non-U.S. citizen Finalists are very limited, if any. A non-U.S. citizen may be eligible for Federal employment if the individual is (1) Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws, and (2) is eligible for AND pursuing U.S. citizenship, OR appointed by a Federal agency that has the authority to hire non-U.S. citizens. In general, a Federal agency may hire a non-U.S. citizen in the PMF Program if the annual Appropriations Act, the Immigration Law, and the agency’s internal policies allow it.

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