Interested in applying for the US Leadership Tour 2018? Start by downloading and reading through our application pack here [click to download]. The application pack contains important information about the trip and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.


The Co-Directors want to build a diverse and balanced delegation. They are looking for a variety of things: students who would benefit from the trip, who would work well with the rest of the delegation, who are high achievers at university or leaders within their communities, who would represent UN Youth and New Zealand well at HNMUN, and who have the potential to give back to UN Youth and New Zealand upon returning from the trip. However, the most important quality they seek is a genuine interest in the educational content of the tour.

We encourage applications from talented tertiary students who demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Passion: A genuine interest in foreign affairs.
  • Strong communication skills: The ability to convey thoughts effectively and listen to others.
  • Resilience: Strength to handle the challenges of the US Leadership Tour.

Model UN experience would be beneficial, but is not necessary.


To be eligible for the tour, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age when the delegation departs New Zealand on 22 January 2018;
  • Be a New Zealand university student;
  • Be ordinarily resident in New Zealand;
  • Hold a current passport that will expire at least six months after the completion of the tour; and
  • Have no criminal convictions.


The application process is broken into three parts. Applicants should note that this process is very competitive. The Co-Directors recommend starting early to ensure you have sufficient time to prepare your application.

Stage One: Written Application

A written application and supporting documents must be emailed to the Co-Directors by 11.59pm Sunday 13 August 2017.

Stage Two: Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a 30-minute interview with the Co-Directors via Google Hangouts. Interviews will be held either on the weekend of 26-27 August or 2-3 September 2017. You are expected to make yourself available during this period at a time agreed between you and the Co-Directors.

Stage Three: Offer

Successful applicants from the interview round will be offered a place on the delegation.


Your written application must include:

  • Personal details form (see below);
  • Scanned copy of your current passport;
  • Unofficial academic transcript;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two pages;
  • Cover letter addressed to the Co-Directors of no more than 1,000 words in total.

The cover letter must answer the following questions and you should aim to write approximately the same amount for each question:

  1. What motivated you to apply for the US Leadership Tour 2018?
  2. What skills and strengths would you bring to the tour? Please use examples from positions of responsibility, achievements, awards and/or extracurricular activities.
  3. What do you think you will gain from being a delegate on the tour?


The Co-Directors will be selecting a Head Delegate for the US Leadership Tour to provide leadership within the delegation. An important part of the role involves assisting the Co-Directors in preparing the delegation for Harvard National Model United Nations. This includes creating research guides, running training sessions and editing position papers/draft resolutions. The ideal Head Delegate will have significant Model UN experience.

If you would like to be considered for the role of Head Delegate, please answer the following two questions in no more than 400 words at the end of your cover letter. This will be in addition to the up to 1,000 words dedicated to answering the three questions listed above:

  1. Why do you think you would be an effective Head Delegate?
  2. How would you make a fellow member of the delegation, who had no Model UN experience, feel comfortable at the conference and make the most out of their committee?


This year, UN Youth New Zealand will be offering a $500 scholarship to a Māori or Pasifika delegate in the interests of promoting diversity among the delegation. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please answer the following question in no more than 300 words at the end of your cover letter. This will be in addition to the up to 1,000 words dedicated to answering the three standard questions listed above:

  1. What is your involvement with Māori and/or Pasifika communities and how will these experiences add value to the tour?


Any application that is not completed in full will not be accepted. Each document should be attached to your email as a separate document and must be in PDF format.

Applications must be emailed to [email protected]. Please write “[FIRST AND LAST NAME] – Application” as the subject line. Applications must be received by 11.59pm Sunday 13 August 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

The decision of the Co-Directors is final. The Co-Directors will reply to unsuccessful applicants with feedback upon request via email.

If you have any questions related to the US Leadership Tour, please feel free to contact the Co-Directors at [email protected]