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International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)

The Catholic Relief Services' International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) gives people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain exposure to our programs. Each year, CRS places approximately 20-25 Fellows with our country programs overseas. Assignments are for 8-12 months, starting in early September. Specific job responsibilities vary greatly from one country to another depending on the country program's focus (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 regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.

Speaking from Experience: 2013-2014 IDFP Fellow Videos

  • Nadia Rahman - Nigeria

  • Eric Wise - Kenya

  • Anne-Claire Benoit - DRC

  • Rafael Merchan - Malawi

The 2015-16 IDFP online application is now open.

To apply, please fill out the online application form. In addition to basic details and contact information, you'll need to answer a few short essay questions.

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Applications close Monday, December. 1, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.

During the fall, the IDFP team will be holding numerous information sessions at Universities across the U.S. If we are visiting your school, we encourage you to attend one of our sessions to learn more about our program. Most of our sessions take place September – November. Please click here for our tentative recruitment calendar for fall 2014.

IDFP Webinar Recording

We held an information session webinar hosted by International Development Fellows Program Officer Jennifer Nazaire on November 4, 2013. We discussed the program, application tips as well as answered questions regarding the application process, the fellowship year and starting your career with CRS.

A recording of the webinar can be accessed at http://ecom.catholicrelief.org/p6g6evtgf55/.

International Development Fellows Program Video

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to international development.
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. French preferred.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • At least 12 months overseas work or volunteer experience in a developing country.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills with the ability to adapt to the local culture.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a stressful, fast changing environment where security could change unexpectedly.
  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Interest in a career in development or emergency relief with Catholic Relief Services
  • Commitment to CRS Principles
  • Desire to work for a faith-based organization.

Benefits

CRS provides the IDFP participants with the following benefits:

  • Stipend of $23,500 annually
  • Cost of living adjustment
  • Furnished housing
  • Transportation to and from the country of assignment
  • Medical Evacuation Coverage
  • Vacation
  • Medical, Life, Travel, Accident, and Personal/Household Effects Insurance.

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