Application Information

The application process is highly selective and requires a résumé, an online assessment, and short essays. Applicants go through a rigorous assessment and selection process that measures writing, interpersonal, analytic, and leadership skills. Potential fellows should demonstrate breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, exceptional oral and written communication skills, and a commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to pay close attention to application deadlines and to spend ample time preparing for each step of the application process.


Eligibility is based on:

  • Completion of advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the following year of the annual application, or
  • Completion of an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the previous two years from the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application announcement

Applicants must:

  • Be ready to graduate or be a recent graduate within two years of earning a master’s, law, or doctoral degree from any academic discipline
  • Display a strong interest in, and commitment to, a career in public health policy, leadership, and management

Visit the Eligibility page external iconon the Presidential Management Fellows program website for detailed information about eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

The Office of Personnel Management facilitates the application process each year. Applicants should visit the How to Apply section of the PMFexternal icon website for detailed instructions about the application process and to apply.

The application period for the 2021 class opens at 12:00 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and closes 12:00 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Key Dates
September 30, 2020 U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Fellowship application period opens 12:00 p.m. (ET)
October 14, 2020 OPM Fellowship application period closes 12 p.m. (ET)
Approximately 6 weeks after closing OPM announces the finalists for the PMF Class of 2021
November 27 – December 19, 2020: OPM’s selected finalists may apply to CDC PMF host site positions
2021: PMF class assignments begin