Bearing the presidential moniker, the PMF Program is the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines. It was established 45 years ago by Executive Order and has gone through changes over the years, but the essential mission remains the same: to recruit and develop a cadre of future government leaders drawn from all segments of society.
Eligible individuals apply to be selected as finalists. Finalists then have twelve months to secure an appointment as a fellow, which is a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at a federal agency. The PMF Program creates a lasting bond among fellows and alumni. It also instills a spirit of public service, which, for fellows who complete the program successfully, can ultimately encourage and lead to a career in government.