Cohort 5 Application (2024-2025)

The McCain Fellowship Cohort 5 (2024-2025) application period will open on Monday, June 17th, 2024, and will close on Monday, July 1st, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET.

The application will be accessible via an announcement on USAJOBS once the application opens. This page will also be updated with the application link on the opening date.

For additional information on the application process, please review the found in the resources section.

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Important Notice: The recent legislative changes enacted by the Fiscal Year 24 National Defense Authorization Act (FY 24 NDAA) should be considered by applicants when they apply for the program. The FY 24 NDAA has removed the requirement for reserved positions within the sponsoring components and the provision allowing for Components to utilize a post-fellowship non-competitive hiring authority for conversion. These requirements have been replaced with language identifying the Department should seek to provide participants who successfully complete the fellowship program with competitive and excepted service opportunities.

Application Timeline

The dates below are tentative and may be subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

June 17th - July 1st Cohort 5 Application Period Opens and Closes
July - August 2024 Applications will be reviewed by participating DoD components for consideration. Participating DoD organizations may contact applicants directly to schedule an interview.
August - September 2024 Tentative job offers will be extended to selected applicants via USAJOBS on a rolling basis.
October - November 2024 Completion of pre-employment process and extensions of firm job offers.
October - December 2024 Program Start Date for Cohort 5 (Please note that this date is subject to a Fellow’s successful completion of all onboarding requirements)