International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) - Catholic Relief Services

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Congo: Democratic Republic
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Various locations


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.


Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Graduate degree from a U.S based or U.S accredited university
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese
  • At least 6 months of work or volunteer experience in a developing country (or 5+ years living experience in a developing country)
  • Ability to work respectfully and professionally in a cross-cultural environment
  • Strong interest in a long term career working in a variety of developing countries


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

CRS provides IDFP participants with the following benefits:

  • Great opportunities for professional growth and development overseas
  • Stipend and furnished housing
  • Transportation to and from the country
  • Extensive insurance coverage (medical, life, travel/accident, evacuation and personal household effects)
  • Paid vacation, sick and personal leave, and 12 paid holidays
  • Language learning assistance
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