The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a highly selective, prestigious two-year training and leadership development program that is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  The PMF Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, to attract outstanding citizen-scholars from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have an interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  It is the federal government’s premiere pipeline for moving advanced degree graduates into government leadership positions.

The CDC PMF program attracts more than 300 applicants annually from a variety of academic disciplines and consistently hires one of the largest cohorts of fellows at the Department of Health and Human Services. The PMF program at the CDC has recruited and retained more than 300 exceptional fellows since 1988.

During this 2-year paid fellowship, participants will receive:

  • Hands-on experience
  • Mentorship
  • Classroom training
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Developmental assignments
  • Optional rotations

For more information about the PMF program, visit the PMF program website at https://www.pmf.gov/

Developmental Assignments and Optional Rotations

As part of the PMF program, fellows participate in a 4 to 6-month developmental assignment in another CDC program or at another external federal government agency.  These developmental assignments and optional rotations are used to allow fellows the opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the federal government, while gaining management experience, and to learn about other program functions and areas.


While most positions are located at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, a few are in other CDC facilities

  • Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Washington, DC
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021