BTL: How to Apply & Deadlines

Applications are now open for 2020!
 
The Between the Lines (BTL) Application deadline is
March 1, 2020, by 11:59PM (23:59) CST (GMT-6).
Non-U.S. Students: The deadline for application, through the U.S. Embassy in your home country, may be sooner. Check with your embassy as soon as possible.

    If you are interested in applying to Between the Lines, you should first read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) pages to ensure that you are eligible. Students must be between 15-18 years old to participate in BTL. We have two different FAQ pages: International Student FAQ and American Student FAQ. It is important to read the correct FAQ page as the application process is different depending on whether you are an American or international applicant.

    In 2020, Between the Lines will host BTL: Identity and Belonging  (open to U.S. students only) from June 20-July 4, and BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience  (open to U.S. and international students) from July 11-25. ​​​​​​ International students travel to the U.S. with an adult chaperone selected and trained by BTL. For more information about the sessions, please visit the ​​​​​​Between the Lines program page.
    International (non-U.S.) students: See application information here.
    International (non-U.S.) chaperones: See application information here.
    U.S. students: See application information here.

    NOTE: The following formatting standards are required for all submitted documents. If not followed, applications may not be considered.

    Format:         Typed (Microsoft Word document preferred but not required)
    Font type:     Times New Roman
    Font size:      12 point
    Spacing:        Double
    Margins:        1 inch on all sides
    Header:         Include your name, name of piece (creative work, Prompt #1, Prompt #2, Statement of Purpose)
    Footer:           Include page numbers
    Citations:      If using other people’s words/content, always give them credit
     


     

    International (non-u.s.) Students

    Because international students accepted into BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience have all expenses paid for by funds from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, international applicants will apply to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country. The deadline for application at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country may be sooner than the deadline listed above. Check with your embassy as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassies/Consulates in the following countries are invited to nominate students and chaperones for the 2020 BTL program: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Uzbekistan. Individuals from countries outside of these regions are unfortunately not eligible. We hope to expand the list of eligible countries in the near future. 

    If your home country is eligible, please contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for more information on their application process; you will need to prepare the materials listed below when you apply. You must then go through a process of nomination through the U.S. Embassy in your home country. If your U.S. Embassy agrees to nominate you, you will work with them to fill out the online application. It is likely they will apply for you, after you've provided them with the information the application requests. 


    Materials needed for international (Non-u.s.) student application

    You must have a passport at time of application. Students who are accepted will immediately be asked to share a scan of their passport with their U.S. embassy. This is to initiate the visa process, which can be lengthy. Failure to share your passport in a timely manner could result in visa delays, and even the loss of your spot. Be ready!

    The U.S. Embassy in your home country must first agree to nominate you, and then will submit an application for you. You will need to provide them with the materials outlined below. These include your original creative writing in English, your responses to the two written prompts, and a statement of purpose. Your prepared documents must be uploaded as attachments through the application form.

     

    NOTE: ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, IF IT DISPLAYS A MESSAGE THAT STATES “SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED TO WORKFLOW,” THEN WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION.

    • Attachments for 2020 International (Non-U.S.) Student Application:
      • Original creative prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and/or poetry in English (6-8 pages). Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8 page requirement.

      • Prompt #1: The 2020 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include your personal response to the following:

        In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader? (3 pages maximum)

      • Prompt #2: An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please respond to the following:

        Describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum)

      • Write a statement of purpose describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa. (250 words maximum)
         



    MATERIALS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON-U.S.) CHAPERONE APPLICATION

    All chaperone candidates must be from one of the countries listed below, alumni of a U.S. Embassy or Consulate-supported English Language Teaching Program, and must have participated in the program within the last three years. The deadline for application at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country may be sooner than the deadline listed above. Check with your embassy as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassies/Consulates in the following countries are invited to nominate students and chaperones for the 2020 BTL program: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Uzbekistan. Individuals from countries outside of these regions are unfortunately not eligible. We hope to expand the list of eligible countries in the near future. Because international chaperones accepted into BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience have all expenses paid for by funds from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, candidates will apply to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country.

    Chaperones are very important to the BTL program’s success. Chaperones fill a unique position of providing unconditional support and guidance to a very diverse group of BTL students during international travel and throughout the workshops and cultural activities, while also participating in professional development opportunities in Iowa City. Ideal chaperone candidates will be early-career, inclusivity-focused teachers of the English language, who will benefit from their participation in the program by developing their writing, teaching, and English language skills.

    You must have a passport at time of application. Chaperones who are accepted will immediately be asked to share a scan of their passport with their U.S. embassy. This is to initiate the visa process, which can be lengthy. Failure to share your passport in a timely manner could result in visa delays, and even the loss of your spot. Be ready!

    The U.S. Embassy in your home country must first agree to nominate you, and then will submit an application for you. You will need to provide them with the materials outlined below. These include a statement of purpose and your response to the written prompt. Your prepared documents must be uploaded as attachments through the application form.

    International Chaperone Application Form – https://workflow.uiowa.edu/form/btl-2020-chaperone
     ​​​
    NOTE: ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, IF IT DISPLAYS A MESSAGE THAT STATES “SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED TO WORKFLOW,” THEN WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION.

      Attachments for 2020 International (Non-U.S.) Chaperone Application:

      • A statement of endorsement from the nominating U.S. Embassy or Consulate, verifying the chaperone candidate’s participation in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate-supported English Language Teaching program within the last three years.
      Written by the chaperone candidate in English:
      • A statement of purpose (no more than 500 words) describing how you will benefit from the program.
      •  A brief response (no longer than 300 words) to the following:
        An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. Please describe a time in your past when you helped a young person/student engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange.  What steps did you take to ensure that the student felt safe in sharing and exploring, while also remaining respectful and open to the experience of others? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently?

       


       

      u.s. Student ApplicationS 
      for both BTL programs
       

      American students apply directly to the International Writing Program (application link below).

      While students can only participate in one session, if you are an American student willing to attend either BTL session, please note there will be a space in the application form to indicate you'd like to be considered for either session. 

       

      MATERIALS NEEDED FOR U.S. STUDENT APPLICATION:

      You will need to prepare the materials outlined below. These include your creative work, your responses to the two written prompts, and a statement of purpose. These documents will be uploaded as attachments through the application form.

      NOTE: ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, IF IT DISPLAYS A MESSAGE THAT STATES “SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED TO WORKFLOW,” THEN WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION.

        Attachments for 2020 ­­U.S. Student Application:
         
        • Original creative prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and/or poetry in English (6-8 pages). Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8 page requirement.

        • Prompt #1: The 2020 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include your personal response to the following:

          In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader? (3 pages maximum)

        • Prompt #2: An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please respond to the following:

          Describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum)

        • Write a statement of purpose describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa. (250 words maximum)
           

        REMEMBER: The Between the Lines (BTL) Application deadline is
        March 1, 2020, by 11:59PM (23:59) CST (GMT-6).

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