Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program (IDFP), 2018

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The Catholic Relief Services is inviting applications for CRS International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) for the 2018-2019 academic year. International applicants (must be legally authorized to work in the United States) can apply for this CRS international development fellowship program.

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.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program (IDFP), 2018

Scholarship Description:

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Course Level: This 8-12 months fellowship program is awarded to increase overseas experience and exposure to CRS programs.


Study Subject: Fellowship is an opportunity for people interested in careers in international relief and development with a faith-based organization to experience the programs overseas.

Scholarship Award: CRS provides IDFP participants with the following benefits:
Great opportunities for professional growth and development overseas
Stipend, allowances, and furnished housing
Transportation to and from the country
Extensive insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, travel/accident, evacuation and personal household effects)
Paid vacation, sick and personal leave, and 12 paid holidays
Language learning assistance

Number of Scholarships: CRS offers 20-30 fellowships each year.

Nationality: International applicants (must be legally authorized to work in the United States)

Scholarship can be taken in Overseas

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: International applicants (must be legally authorized to work in the United States) can apply for this CRS international development fellowship program.
Entrance Requirements: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships:
Graduate degree in field relevant and applicable to international development (e.g. Agriculture, Health, Engineering, Business, Public Administration, Finance, Supply Chain)
Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills
Professional proficiency in a second language (preference given to major languages spoken where CRS works)
At least six months overseas work or volunteer experience in a developing country (consideration given to applicants with at least five years of experience living in a developing country)
Strong interest in a career in development or emergency relief
Willing to work in various regions and developing countries around the world
Able to work respectfully and professionally in a cross-cultural environment
English Language Requirements: Applicants must have professional proficiency in French (preferred), Spanish or Arabic. Fluency in English, with strong analytical, oral and written communication skills is also required.

How to Apply: 

There are 3 steps required to successfully submit your application for the CRS Fellows 2018-19 application cycle. Please follow these instructions carefully for consideration:

Draft your cover letter for the IDFP program. The cover letter should address the following:
a. The volunteer and/or work experience that you have had overseas.
b. The issues/challenges you might face working for Catholic Relief Services as a fellow in a developing country.
Send an email to idfp-at-crs.org with the following information:
a. Your updated resume (your complete name in the filename, PDF preferred)
b. Your IDFP cover letter (your complete name in the filename, PDF preferred)

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