Quaker United Nations Summer School

**Applications to the Quaker United Summer School 2022 are now closed**

The Quaker United Nations Summer School (QUNSS) provides the opportunity for a group of 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. 

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 Quaker United Nations Summer School 2022 will be taking place in a virtual format for 10 days. The programme brings together a diverse group of young people to learn, develop and build a community online. It will equip you with the skills to think constructively about the value of the multilateral system and international politics.

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 online and run via a virtual platform. There is no cost for participating in QUNSS 2022. 

The Quaker United Nations Summer School 2022 will take place from 4-15 July 2022.

The QUNSS will run for half a day, across 10 days. Participants will learn about Quaker work at the UN and hear from a range of speakers from UN and 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 young professionals in the programme. 

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

Though QUNSS will be virtual, we do ask participants to ensure they are available to attend the full programme. The 2021 QUNSS was held virtually, and many friendships emerged during the 10-days together online. To make the most of your learning and experience, full participation is required.

How to Apply

**Applications to the Quaker United Summer School 2022 are now closed**

For applicants who submitted applications before the deadline, we will communicate our decisions via email at the end of March 2022.