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International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)

The Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program, or IDFP, is an opportunity for people interested in careers in international relief and development with a faith-based organization to experience our programs overseas. Each year, CRS places approximately 20–30 fellows in our country programs. Assignments, of approximately 10 months, start in late August. Specific job responsibilities vary from country to country, but usually include work in agriculture, health, peacebuilding, education, microfinance, or a combination of these. The goal of the IDFP is to place fellows in positions where they can draw on their previous education and work experience, while broadening their skills. Most of our fellowships lead to permanent positions with CRS.

Application for August 2016 deployment

The IDFP application is open. Since we accept applications on a rolling basis, there is no set deadline, but priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2015. Click the button below to apply.


Please note that the dates below are approximate.

Early August: IDFP application opens
Oct 2015: Phone screening begins
Nov 2015: Language testing begins
Feb to March 2016: Baltimore interviews
April 2016: Successful candidates are notified
Late August 2016: Orientation and deployment overseas

For frequently asked questions about the International Development Fellows Program, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Find out more about the IDFP recruitment & application process

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Fellow experiences

Find out more about our fellows & their experiences in the field.


Beyond the fellowship

Beyond the fellowship.


More Fellowship Information

Find out more about the fellowship here.


CRS is an equal opportunity employer. CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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