National Contest Judges’ Information

The 2021 National History Day Contest will be held virtually in June 2021. National History Day (NHD) is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at this year’s contest. Confirmed judges will receive information about the virtual schedule by email.

Students in 6th through 12th grades conduct extensive research on topics related to an annual theme and present their findings in historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and websites.

If you are interested in signing up to judge at the virtual 2021 National Contest, please do so here.

If you have any questions, please contact

Would you like to judge for a regional or affiliate NHD contest? Please see our list of virtual regional and affiliate contests here or contact your affiliate coordinator.

Judging Process
Judging Process

NHD relies on consensus judging. That means that instead of giving entries numeric scores, you will be ranking them. If you are confirmed as a judge, you will be assigned to a team of 3 judges, one of whom will be designated as the captain. It is important that everyone on your team agrees on the overall rankings of the entries you judge.



NHD Contest Rule Book

Download the NEW National History Day Contest Rule Book, effective with the beginning of the 2020-2021 contest year.

NHD Rules Videos

Visit this YouTube playlist to review general rules for all NHD project categories, as well as category-specific rules.

NHD Manual de Reglas Para Competencias en Español

Puede descargar el nuevo Manual de Reglas Para Competencias, tan pronto como empiece la competencia del 2020-2021.

NHD Category Evaluations

Download the NEW National History Day category evaluations, effective with the beginning of the 2020-2021 contest year.