Quaker United Nations Summer School

**Applications to the Quaker United Summer School 2023 are now closed**

The Quaker United Nations Summer School (QUNSS) provides the opportunity for a group of up to twenty-five young people to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level, and to witness the United Nations in action. 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. 

We are excited to announce that the program will be in person for the first time since 2019. Our 12-day residential programme takes place at the heart of international governance in Geneva, Switzerland.  QUNSS brings together a diverse group of individuals to learn about pressing international concerns, develop professional skills, and build a like-minded community. Participants will be equipped with the skills to think constructively about the value of the multilateral system and international politics while enjoying opportunities to discover Geneva. 

Meghan Stewart-Ward, a former participant reflecting on the highlights of her participation in QUNSS in 2018 said: “A highlight of the experience for me, was sitting-in on the 70th session of The UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in which New Zealand was outlining their most recent progress in meeting their obligations under the CEDAW convention” (Meghan Stewart-Ward, Friends Newsletter, 24 July 2018.)

Who can apply?

We seek to be inclusive for all and welcome applicants of all nationalities, faiths, and identities. The age range for participation is between 20 and 26, though there is some leniency on 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

Practical details

The Summer School will take place entirely in person in Geneva, Switzerland.  

The Quaker United Nations Summer School 2023 will take place from 3-14 July 2023. 

The cost of participating, accommodation, meals, and associated activities are 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). See application for further financial information and to learn about available bursaries.

As part of their time during the QUNSS, participants will enjoy full learning days, Monday to Friday, and fun activities on the weekend. In addition to learning about Quaker work at the UN, participants will dialogue with speakers from the UN and several civil society organizations. Participants will develop the skills to think constructively about the value of the multilateral system and international politics and develop their interests and skills with other youth in the programme. 

If your application is successful, you will receive the full programme for the Summer School. 

For the past three years, QUNSS was held virtually. We are very excited to be returning to our traditional in-person format. Selected applicants will receive any support understanding and completing any applicable visas. To make the most of your learning and experience, full participation is required.

How to Apply

**Applications to the Quaker United Summer School 2023 are now open**

We will will communicate our decision to applications via email at the end of March 2023.

Click here to access the application and reference form.