International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)
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 one year, 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.
The 2013-2014 IDFP Application is now closed.
IDFP Live Chat Transcript
We held a live web chat to discuss the International Development Fellows Program in November 2011. A transcript of the chat can be accessed at: http://crs.org/about/careers/fellowships/chat/.
We discussed application tips as well as answered questions regarding the application process, the fellowship year, and starting your career with CRS.
2012 Schedule of University Visits
For a schedule of universities we will visit this year, please see schedule of university visits.
International Development Fellows Program Video
For frequently asked questions about the International Development Fellows Program, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Important Dates in the 2013-2014 IDFP Application Cycle:
- October 1, 2012
- Application becomes available online
- December 12, 2012
- Deadline for application
- Late October- Mid January
- Phone interviews and phone language testing is conducted
- Qualifying candidates are brought to Baltimore for a full day of interviews
- Late April to Early May
- Offers are made to selected candidates
For more information about the International Development Fellows Program, please write to email@example.com.
- 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.
CRS provides the IDFP participants with the following benefits:
- Stipend of $23,500 annually
- Cost of living adjustment
- Transportation to and from the country of assignment
- Medical Evacuation Coverage
- Medical, Life, Travel, Accident, and Personal/Household Effects Insurance.
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