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.
|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||
|October 1-10, 2011||Invited applicants participate in on-line assessment process|
|By November 1, 2011||
|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.