Quaker United Nations Summer School

Applications for the Quaker United Nations Summer School 2024 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 (UN) in action. The programme is grounded in QUNO Geneva’s work, with a focus on Peace and Disarmament, Human Rights and Migration, Sustainable and Just Economic Systems, and Human Impacts of Climate Change. 

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 and knowledge 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?

QUNSS seeks to be inclusive for all. 

We welcome and encourage applicants of all nationalities, ethnicities, disabilities, faith or non-faith backgrounds, gender identity, and sexual orientation. QUNSS seeks to provide a safe space for all. If you have concerns about accessibility of any kind, please contact us at qunss@quno.ch.

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.

Practical details

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

The Quaker United Nations Summer School 2024 programme will take place from 1-12 July 2024. 

The cost of participating, accommodation, meals, and associated activities are 1'000 CHF (Swiss Francs). See application form 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 engage with speakers from the UN and several civil society organisations. Participants will develop the skills to think critically about the value of the multilateral system and international politics and develop their interests and skills with other youth in the programme. 

The full QUNSS 2024 programme will be shared with successful applicants once it is finalised. 

Selected applicants can receive some guidance and support regarding applicable visa processes if needed. To make the most of your learning and experience, full participation is required.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

We will communicate our decision to applications via email by mid-March, 2024.