Thursday, September 20, 2012

2013 PMF Application and Assessment

Just saw this via the PMF Facebook page:

Mark your calendar! The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Application will launch Monday, November 5, 2012 on and the PMF Website, The streamlined application will include a three-part online assessment. The online application and assessments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 19, 2012. Anyone that received an advanced degree in the past two years, or current students that will receive an advanced degree by August 31, 2013 are eligible to apply; and a nomination form is no longer required. Please join the PMF email listserv ( so you can be notified when the PMF Assessment Study Guide is available, and receive application reminders. All the best! -PMF Program Office
So you have between November 5 and November 19, 2012 to complete both the online application AND the assessment.  That's what they mean by streamlined.  It's good to finally get some idea of that.

It's also worth noting the eligibility window for applicants.  If you have completed an advanced degree within the last two years OR you are a current student who will complete an advanced degree by August 31, 2013, you are eligible.  It's good to get confirmation of that as well.  In reality, this means the eligibility window for application to the PMF program is three years.  If you are a current student now, and you will complete a degree by next year's deadline, it looke like you will be able to apply for 2013, 2014, and 2015 before you're out of chances.  Just something to keep in mind.  Not too shabby, I think.

Oh, and one more thing, also via the PMF Facebook page.  If you become a finalist and you otherwise qualify, you can be considered for the Technology Fellows program as well.

What do you all think?  Is this good timing?  What do you think about combining the application and assessment into one step?  This is your open thread for the 2013 PMF application process.  I will probably open another thread to talk about your thoughts on the assessment itself, but I think it's best if we wait until after the application/assessment period closes to discuss particulars.


  1. So on the page,, I noticed that the text reads, "In the first phase, applicants take an on-line untimed assessment during the application process." Do you think that the use of the word "untimed" is a typo? In step 7 of the application instructions though, the page reads, "This will take approximately 1-2 hours and should be completed in its entirety at one time. " I really wish they'd give us an indication of what to expect, so we can prepare.

  2. It is untimed that is not a typo! But they recommend the one sitting because you cannot go backwards in your test but must start from where you saved the application. the 1-2 hours is the exptected time it should take with the multiple choice sections plus the essay section.

  3. When we write the essay questions, should we assume that the judges have our resumes, or should we touch on the resume information?