Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
About the PMF Program
PMFs at NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has participated in the PMF program since 1985. We pride ourselves on offering interesting, challenging, and flexible opportunities for all fellows. PMFs, with the guidance of their mentors, develop competency-based Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and select rotations that are tailored to meet their individual career development goals and the agency's long-term succession planning needs. PMFs develop rotational assignments in a broad range of administrative and programmatic areas, including budget and finance, outreach and communications, program and management analysis, information technology, grants management, program and management analysis, contracts management, human resources, and project management. At-Large PMFs rotate throughout the entire NIH, creating their own schedule of 3-4 month rotations. general administration. These rotational opportunities provide on-the-job training with exposure to senior leadership.
PMFs are developed to serve as leaders, often rising to the highest levels of management, and NIH can boast a record of 100% placement of all PMFs who choose to remain with the agency at the completion of the program.
The PMF program at NIH offers:
- Dedicated Mentors:
Each PMF will work closely with a mentor of their choosing throughout the two-year internship. The mentor provides advice on rotational assignments, training opportunities, and future career options.
RRotational assignments may occur within and outside of the NIH.
- Comprehensive Training:
Fellows receive an annual training budget to enhance their administrative and management skills and further their career development to obtain the 80 hours of training required by OPM. NIH also offers many free training opportunities and seminars for fellows.
- Professional Development Opportunities:
Each class of NIH PMFs actively organizes and joins both individual and group professional development committees, including management seminars, brown bag lunches, and meetings with administrative leaders.
Please visit our Application Process page for more information.
For More Information
If you have additional questions about the program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website. Finalists may also contact any of the current NIH PMFs using the e-mail addresses provided in their profiles. To learn more about the NIH or individual Institutes and Centers, we suggest you explore the NIH website.