PMF 2012: Tentative Calendar

It’s almost that time of year again, folks. A couple of days ago, the PMF Program Office announced its anticipated application schedule for the 2012 cycle. Under current regulation, students must be completing a graduate degree between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012, to be eligible to apply. (This means, of course, that we won’t see the effects of the recent changes they’ve proposed until at least the 2013 application cycle). Anyway, the application period should open on September 15, 2011, and close on September 25, 2011, with all nominations completed by the schools by September 30, 2011.

Additionally, there is a new tentative calendar available outlining the 2012 process. It is much more compressed than in years passed, as you’ll notice.

Date Description
Thursday, September 15, 2011 Application for the PMF Class of 2012 opens via a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS; search for “Presidential Management Fellows”
Sunday, September 25, 2011 Application for the PMF Class of 2012 closes
Friday, September 30, 2011
  • Deadline for Nomination Officials to fax nominations
  • Deadline for applicants to submit supporting documentation for any claims for Veterans’ Preference.
October 1-10, 2011 Invited applicants participate in on-line assessment process
By November 1, 2011
  • Applicants notified on eligibility and nomination status
  • Semi-finalists selected and notified
  • Semi-finalists scheduled and notified for in-person assessments
November 14 – December 16, 2011 In-person assessments conducted for semi-finalists
January 24, 2012 On or around this date, semi-finalists notified of Finalist status via email
Late-February/Early- March 2012 PMF Class of 2012 Finalists Job Fair (Washington, DC, metro area)

This time around, finalist notifications are expected to go out in late January!

I’d be interested to see what you all think of this aggressive schedule. Also, it’s worth pointing out that, given the possible new rules that could affect next year’s application cycle, you may benefit from the ability to apply more than once. In fact, I can foresee a possibility that you could apply up to three times, given that the new rules would allow eligibility to be extended back two years for degree completion. So what I am saying is go for it this time, and if you don’t make it through, try it again next year if you’re still inclined.

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Steven Ollek

Thanks for putting this up – I’m definitely applying this year and looking forward to the application process 🙂 Any words of wisdom for preparing and/or lessons learned while applying?

PMF Fellow

Two things that everyone should keep in mind: find your nominating official ASAP and get your application materials in order early. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to get these things done, because you could run out of time.

Faith Lawless

I’ve been nominated, and have recieved the email for the online assessment. Does anyone know, on average, the number of people “nominated” compared to the percentage that pass the assessment?