Application Process

To participate in the PFF program, you must be in at least the second year of a master’s or Ph.D. program at Iowa State or in a postdoctoral appointment. If North American English is not your native language, you must have taken the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) test before beginning the PFF program. Your application is eligible for acceptance without an OECT score if you report the date you intend to complete the OECT test, provided it is before you complete the first semester of PFF. If admitted, you must have at least a Level 2 Oral English Certification Test (OECT) pass to continue with the program’s second semester. Beyond the second semester, you must have a Level 1 (highest level) OECT pass to continue in the program. To ensure a test time, you should register for the OECT well before the PFF application deadline.

To apply to the PFF program, submit the following:

  • Go to the PD@ISULogo associated with PD@ISU website website to complete the online PFF application. For a how-to-use PD@ISU tutorial, scroll to the bottom of this page.
  • A current vita
  • A letter of recommendation from an Iowa State University tenure-track faculty member

*Applications are due by March 1 for the fall semester PFF class.*

Note: if you have previously applied to the PFF program, please re-submit all materials for the new application cycle.

PFF Program Resources for Continuing Participants

PFF Forms are available on the PD@ISULogo associated with PD@ISU website website

Forms Required Every Semester

Participants Enrolled in Gr St 586 

Participants Enrolled in Gr St 587 and 588 

Download PFF Student Manual (PDF) (Note: All forms are now completed on the PD@ISULogo associated with PD@ISU website website)

For more information, please contact:

Karen Menzel
Preparing Future Faculty
Graduate College
Iowa State University
1137A Pearson Hall
(515) 294-4065

PD@ISU Tutorial Video