Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Q&As

“Is the NIH PMF program right for me?”

We’re glad you’re interested in the NIH PMF program! Please read the following information to determine if the NIH PMF program is a good fit for you. Feel free to contact us at if you have any additional questions.

How is NIH structured and where do NIH PMFs fit into the organization?

The NIH is offering several positions. How are these positions different and how do I know which one is right for me?

What makes the NIH PMF program different from the programs at other agencies?

According to your website, the NIH is located in Maryland. How far is this from D.C. and do all fellows have to live in Maryland?

When do NIH PMFs begin their position?

I have extensive work experience in addition to graduate school. Does the NIH take that into consideration?

I have no experience with science, research, or health care, is the NIH program still a good match for me?

I’ve always been interested in health care policy. Can I do that at the NIH?

I have a background in social work. Will the NIH allow me to direct practice or perform clinical work?

I have a J.D. Will a PMF position with NIH allow me to practice law?

I have a Ph.D. in a scientific field. Will the NIH allow me to still publish and maintain a scientific professional career?

I have a background in International Affairs; are there opportunities for me at NIH?

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