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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.

The 2015-16 IDFP online application process will open the week of September 22, 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

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.

Important Dates in the 2014-2015 IDFP Application Cycle:

September 16, 2013
Application becomes available online
December 1, 2013 at 11:59PM
Deadline for application
Late October - Mid January
Phone interviews and phone language testing is conducted
February 25, 28 & March 3, 2014
Qualifying candidates are brought to Baltimore for a full day of interviews
Offers are made to selected candidates

For more information about the International Development Fellows Program, please write to

Eligibility Requirements


CRS provides the IDFP participants with the following benefits:

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