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UMGC Career Connection How to Apply for the 2023 Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Samantha Mitchell
By Samantha Mitchell

It is that time of year again! The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application window will be open from 12:00 PM ET on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, through 12:00 PM ET on Monday, September 25th, 2023.

PMF is the Federal Government’s premiere leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines. It is a two-year full-time fellowship with salary and benefits leading to a career in Federal Service. 

Initial appointments (jobs) start at the GS-9/11/12 level or equivalent, with promotion potential up to GS-13.

Who is eligible to apply?

Current and recent graduates with Advanced Degrees (e.g., Master’s, Professional, or Doctorate) from accredited institutions worldwide can apply. 

  • Current Graduates who will complete all their advanced degree requirements by August 31, 2024
  • Recent Graduates who have completed their advanced degree between September 12, 2021- September 12, 2023
  • U.S. Citizens, those legally able to work in the U.S., and Current Federal employees may apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria

What is needed for your application?

Application takes place annually in the fall for a two-week period:

Applicants must apply online and provide their:

  • Resume: this document can be in any format if it includes all the required elements. This DOES NOT need to be a federal resume. 
  • Transcript (and/or alternative): this document is meant to provide proof that the applicant either has earned or is going to earn an advanced degree within the appointment eligibility timeframe
  • Supporting documentation for any claims to veterans’ preference and/or reasonable accommodations for the assessment process
  • A two-part Online Assessment (FBAT & FSAT)

For more information, please review the PMF Handbook.

Where do fellows work?

Over the past five years, Fellows have been placed in the following departments:

  • Over 372 at the Department of Health and Human Services (including CDC, NIH, CMS, and others)
  • Over 163 at the Department of Agriculture
  • Over 162 at the Department of State
  • Over 82 at the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Over 72 at the Department of the Commerce & Department of Homeland Security
  • And many others at the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and more

Since 2020, UMGC has had 10 students selected as Finalists from the following Academic Majors: Business Management and Administration, Cybersecurity, Emergency Management and Healthcare Administration.

UMGC finalists have been placed at Homeland Security (U.S. Secret Service), CDC (Department of Health and Human Services), and the Department of Treasury & DHHS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services).

What steps can you take to be successful?

  • Add the PMF application dates to your calendar/planner and set alerts
  • Subscribe to the PMF listserv to stay in the loop
  • Visit the main website:, to learn more about the program, review the PMF handbook, Attend a USAJOBS development webinar to understand the Federal hiring process, and consider reaching out to past finalists through the PMF Ambassadors program 
  • Prepare for the online assessment
  • Gather your application materials early
  • Update your resume, use the resume tools to review your resume, and be sure to add examples based on the core competencies to your resume 
  • Use UMGC’s Career Services platform for additional tools, CareerQuest

Samantha Mitchell is a Career Advising Specialist at the University of Maryland Global Campus. She has over ten years of experience in Higher Education in career development, and student and faculty support. Samantha is committed to putting students first, educating students on career services, and believes in the power of an education and community. She holds B.A. degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh in Latin American studies and Anthropology.