CRS International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) 2014

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Applications are now open for the Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program (IDFP), which 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, approximately 20-25 Fellows are selected to work with CRS’s country programs overseas. 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.


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.


  • 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.

Most of these fellowships lead to regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.

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