International Peace and Development Travel Program


IPD Travel

All matriculated IPED students in good academic standing are invited to apply for an International Peace and Development (IPD) Travel Scholarship. In cooperation with Catholic Relief Services, Fordham awards up to four International Peace and Development Travel Scholarships each year to finance IPED students who wish to do a six-month-long internship overseas working in international relief and development.

The estimated IPD Travel Scholarship's stipend is US$12,200. This is intended to cover the cost of airfare to and from the country of assignment, local travel between your residence and your work site, as well as the costs of housing and board while in country. Health insurance, including emergency medical evacuation, is included separately. The scholarship also includes tuition remission for 3.5 credits.

During the overseas assignment you will be required to register for IPED 8999 (IPD Scholarship) during the Spring semester and IPED 8085 (IPED Internship) during the Summer. Registration in IPED 8999 and IPED 8085 will insure that you are covered by the university's liability insurance. The internship assignment lasts for six months - from mid-January until mid-July.

Previous assignments with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have included the following countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, West Bank, and Zimbabwe.

Application Procedures

IPD Travel Group MD

Deadline of application submission: May 1st of each year

Applications should contain the following information:

  1. Written permission to share academic information in your file with our partner agency, Catholic Relief Services
  2. Resume (be sure to indicate language abilities)
  3. One page maximum personal statement indicating how the IPD Travel Scholarship might assist you in achieving your future career goals, be sure to state whether or not you are seriously considering a future career with our partner agency, Catholic Relief Services
  4. Two page maximum journalistic essay on "The Role of Civil Society in Development"
  5. Up to three letters of recommendation from individuals who jointly can attest to
    • your academic ability (preferably from a professor)
    • your ability to adapt to a foreign culture
    • your ability to work cooperatively and productively within an organization (preferably from an employer)

Selection Criteria

The criteria for selection are:

  • Academic performance in the IPED Program normally demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Writing ability
  • Foreign language competency
  • Ability to adapt to a foreign culture
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively within an organization
  • Commitment to grass-roots development and the non-profit sector
  • Your interest in pursuing a career with our partner, Catholic Relief Services