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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 2017 deployment

The IDFP application is open. Since we accept applications on a rolling basis, there is no set deadline but we will be prioritizing review of applications received by October 15, 2016. Applications received after December 1, 2016 will be considered for the 2018-19 cycle.

There are 3 steps required to successfully submit your application for the CRS Fellows 2017-18 application cycle. Please follow these instructions carefully for consideration:

  1. Fill out the 2017-18 IDFP application (note that there are less than 10 easy-to-complete questions). Please fill out the application using ONLY Firefox or Chrome browsers. The application is currently not supported on internet explorer. We are working on fixing this issue. Click the button below to apply.


  2. Draft your cover letter for the IDFP program. The cover letter should address the following:
    a. The volunteer and/or work experience that you have had overseas.
    b. The issues/challenges you might face working for Catholic Relief Services as a fellow in a developing country.
  3. Send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
    a. Your updated resume (your complete name in the filename, PDF preferred)
    b. Your IDFP cover letter (your complete name in the filename, PDF preferred)

We receive many applications—please be patient and we will get back to you if we are interested in having you proceed to the next stage of the process.

Please note that the dates below are approximate.

Early August: IDFP application selection process begins
Sept 2016: Video interviews begin
Sept 2016: Phone screening begins
Oct 2016: Language testing begins
Feb to March 2017: Baltimore interviews
April 2017: Successful candidates are notified
Late August 2017: 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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