Quaker United Nations Summer School

The Quaker United Nations Summer School provides the opportunity for a group of 25 young people to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level, and develop knowledge and competencies relevant to the work of the United Nations. The programme is grounded in QUNO Geneva’s work, with a focus on peace, disarmament, human rights, migration, sustainable and just economic systems, and climate change.

In the past, this programme has taken the format of a 12 day residential programme in Geneva. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the summer school will take place in a virtual format in 2021. The programme will bring together a diverse group of participants to learn, develop and build community online. It will equip participants with the skills to think constructively about the value of the multilateral system and international politics.

Who can apply?

We welcome applicants of all nationalities, faiths and identities, and seek to be inclusive for all. The age range for participation is between 20 and 26, though there is some leniency for this for the right applicant. No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, but a keen interest in the United Nations is required, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others. As English is the working language of the programme, a high level of proficiency is essential for all participants. If you have concerns about accessibility of any kind, please contact us at qunss@quno.ch.

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Practical details

The summer school will take place online from the 5-16 July. The programme will run via a virtual platform Monday – Friday from 2:30pm - 6pm CEST. There is no cost for participating in QUNSS 2021.

How to Apply

To take part, please complete the online application form below, save it as a PDF, and email it to qunss@quno.ch before 15th February 2021 with the subject title ‘QUNSS 2021’ followed by your full name.

QUNSS Application Form

Each applicant is also required to provide two references. Please use the below reference form and send it to two people who will be happy to provide references for you. These should not be members of your family. Possibilities include faith community representatives, line managers, volunteer coordinators or academic tutors.

QUNSS Reference form

Applications received after the February 15 deadline unfortunately cannot be considered. We look forward to receiving your applications.