The Guide

UPDATED 10/01/13

You are about to embark on an extraordinary journey if you are contemplating the submission of an application to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

Before you move down the road too far, it’s important to thank the Robertson Foundation for Government, a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers. The Robertson Foundation commissioned this Class of 2014 Presidential Management Fellows Application Guide, seeking the technical assistance of GovLoop, the leading knowledge network for public sector professionals. Below is a bit more background on the Robertson Foundation.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson, and named in their honor, the Robertson Foundation for Government pursues a mission that was central to Mr. and Mrs. Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the United States government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service. The PMF Program is one such elite entryway into government service that the Robertson Foundation is pleased to support. Helping qualified and deserving recent graduates become PMFs is important to the Robertson Foundation, and one of many ways they are living out their stated mission to improve the United States government.

Through this guide, a vast wealth of information from various sources is brought together into one easy-to-use resource. It taps into an unprecedented collection of more than 60 PMF Program alumni, 10 university career advisors, and 10 government agency PMF program coordinators who contributed their definitive knowledge on how to successfully navigate the application process. A great deal of credit for this guide goes to these talented professionals. We hope that their valuable understanding of the PMF selection process will help you make the most of your own application, and will give you the best shot at reaching your goal of becoming a Presidential Management Fellow.

We also provide a place for you to learn more, watch videos, read blog updates and interact with others involved in the process at

Please note that this is not an official resource endorsed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the Executive Office of the President (EOP), but represents a trusted source of valuable information about the PMF program. While we will strive to post changes as soon as we see them, please regularly check for official information and updates.

The Robertson Foundation for Government is grateful to the contributions of GovLoop for their role in helping to prepare this guide. Together we are proud to provide this comprehensive resource to the next generation of government leaders.

In addition to reading the guide here on, you may also download a complementary, full version of the guide as a PDF here.

Applicants, start your public service engines…and good luck!



Table of Contents

The Program

Why Be a PMF?

The Application

The Online Assessment

The In-Person Assessment

The Job Fair

The Placement

What’s Next?

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