Applicants go through a rigorous assessment and selection process that measures writing, interpersonal, analytic, and leadership skills. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to pay close attention to application deadlines and to spend ample time preparing for each step of the application process.
Generally, applicants must be completing or have completed, within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree – master's, law, or doctoral program. For the most up-to-date eligibility requirements for the PMF Program, please visit www.pmf.gov.
General Training and Developmental Experiences
VA sponsors orientation programs and training forums for all PMFs. Additional training opportunities are provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other agencies and programs. As a PMF, you will be able to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for your two-year program, participate in developmental learning opportunities, network with other PMFs, and contribute to the larger mission of VA in a meaningful way. While VA provides many developmental opportunities for PMFs, you are also expected to take charge of your own learning, career development, and advancement. Those who successfully complete program requirements may also be eligible for conversion to a full-time position. For a complete list of program and conversion requirements, review the VA Pathways Programs Requirements.