This Year's Theme

Contest Rule Book

What Is National History Day?

NHD, a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland, offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting and presenting original research on historical topics. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. It provides the organizational structure for students like you to enter contests at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the national competition at the University of Maryland at College Park.


Please note, there have been several changes to the 2021 contest rules and guidelines due to the virtual nature of the contest. Significant changes can be found here.