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Presidential Management Fellowship program application open soon- great for transitioning to government

Posted by on Friday, September 20, 2019 in Job Opportunities.

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) is a prestigious leadership development program designed to help advanced degree candidates and advanced degree holders enter a career in the US Federal Government. Selected PMF Finalists are eligible to work in a managerial/ administrative role (not research) at a range of government agencies. PMFs perform valuable service while jump-starting their careers, and get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, formal professional training, and optional rotations to other agencies during the two-year program.

The PMF application process occurs each fall. The online application includes an on-line assessment, submission of a resume and academic transcript, and completion of an on-line essay. Top-performing applicants are named as Finalists who are eligible for appointment as a Fellow with a participating agency. (Note: in contrast to previous years, there will be no in-person assessment of semi-finalists; selection of finalists will be based entirely on the results of the online assessment and projected agency needs).

The two-week application period for the PMF Class of 2020 is scheduled for Thursday, October 3 through Thursday, October 17, 2019. The application will be accessible via an announcement on USAJOBS ( once it opens. Applicants will be able to search for the announcement on USAJOBS by using the keywords “Presidential Management Fellows.” Be aware that the online application process – which includes the online assessment and essays – takes about 3 hours to complete.  The PMF program publishes an assessment guide and is hosting several webinars to help you know what to expect during the application process.

To be eligible to apply for the PMF Class of 2020, you must be planning to complete your advanced degree by August 31, 2020, -OR- you must have completed your advanced degree within the previous two years before the application opens (i.e. on or after October 3, 2017).

For more information about the PMF program, visit the program website. Interested Vanderbilt applicants in the biomedical sciences may also contact Kim Petrie for more information (

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