Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows

Deadline: 1 December 2013
Open to: graduates in a field relevant to international development
Fellowship: annual stipend of $23,500; medical, life, travel, accident and personal insurance; transportation to and from the country of assignment; housing; living adjustment cost


Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an international non-governmental agency specializing in relief and community development, is seeking highly qualified individuals for the International Development Fellows Program (IDFP). CRS was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States.

The Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program gives people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience. Each year, CRS places approximately 20-25 Fellows with the 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).

Under the supervision of the Country Representative and Head of Programming, the fellows provide support to the CRS country program while engaging in challenging and learning-driven opportunities, with a goal to develop the skills and knowledge to be a successful Program Manager. 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. Many of the fellowships lead to regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.

Candidates’ requirements:

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to international development
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese
  • 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
  • Furnished housing
  • Transportation to and from the country of assignment
  • Medical evacuation coverage
  • Vacation
  • Medical, life, travel, accident, and personal/household effects Insurance.


The deadline for applications is 1 December 2013.
CRS has created an online system that allows applicants to update their resume as needed, and track positions for which they have applied. Please register HERE to create and edit your profile. Once registered, you can directly apply to the fellowship through the International Development Fellow page HERE.

Approximately 125 candidates will be selected from October through mid January for phone interviews. Of these, 50-60 will be chosen for a full day of interviews in Late February/early March. Interview Invitations will be extended by early February. They will make offers for the Fellowship in late April.

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.