Presidential Management Fellowship
Available to current graduate students, the Presidential Management Fellows Program is targeted at individuals interested in a career in public service. The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women 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.
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.
More than 80 Federal agencies currently 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.
Eligibility and Qualifications
Students who will meet all graduate degree requirements, including any thesis or dissertation if so required by the applicant’s college or university, between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013, are eligible to apply in the Fall of 2012, for the PMF Class of 2013.
Graduate students from all academic disciplines who expect to complete an advanced degree (master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree) from a qualifying college or university during the current academic year are eligible to be nominated by their schools if they demonstrate the following:
- breadth and quality of accomplishments,capacity for leadership, and
- a commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Several graduate and professional schools have their own nominating official and process. For those graduate and professional schools that do not, CURF provides a unified nominating process. In sequence, what the applicant needs to do is:
- complete the Presidential Management Fellows Program application on the program web site
- prepare one .pdf containing a scanned copy of the Nomination Form derived from the first step, current resume, and unofficial graduate transcript. Please name it using your pennkey (example: jsmith.pdf)
- Request for Nomination Form completed online
The CURF nominating official is:
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
220 S. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-746-6488 to schedule appointments
Applications must be submitted online and supplementary materials arrive at CURF no later than September 25th.