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Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

About the PMF Program

For general information on the PMF program and eligibility, visit

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  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.  NIH also has a strong community of current and former PMFs who stay involved in the program.

PMFs develop Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and select rotations that are tailored to meet their career development goals and the agency's long-term succession planning needs. PMFs complete rotational assignments in a broad range of administrative and programmatic areas, including budget and finance, communications, program and management analysis, information technology, grants management, program and management analysis, contracts management, human resources, and project management.  PMFs have a dedicated mentor for the two-year program who guides them.  Finally, fellows participate on a variety of NIH-wide projects, as well as committees for events like Intern/Fellow Orientation and Graduation that add value to the program.

TO APPLY FOR THE PMF PROGRAM, VISIT  The application and assessment process begins each Fall and is managed centrally by the US Office of Personnel Management.  PMF Finalists are eligible to apply for PMF jobs with agencies like NIH. 


NIH hires a variety of fellows each year.  If you’re a PMF Finalist, check OPM’s online Talent Acquisition System for any available openings at NIH. 

At-Large PMFs are hired by the NIH Office of Human Resources and rotate throughout the entire NIH, creating their own schedule of 3-4 month rotations. These rotational opportunities provide on-the-job training with exposure to senior leadership.  A core business rotation requirement applies.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) PMFs rotate through the NCI with up to one rotation outside of NCI.  As a Designated fellow, the focus is on learning the organization and culture of NCI. 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) PMFsmay have scientific or general backgrounds and tend to focus on rotations at the NIAID, although rotation sites are negotiable. 

Targeted PMFs are hired by an office or manager for a specific position.  They spend two years in that position, with the exception of their required 4-6 month Developmental Assignment.  If there are any targeted PMF openings at NIH, you will find them posted on the TAS. 

Contact Us

You can find contact information on NIH’s TAS postings.  If you have questions about the NIH PMF program or need more information, please write us at

This page was last reviewed on July 30, 2015