National Contest Judges’ Information

The 2022 National History Day Contest is scheduled to be held in June 2022 at the University of Maryland, College Park. National History Day (NHD) is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects. Judging dates are June 13-14, 2022.

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.

Registration for judges will open in the fall of 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact

Would you like to judge for a regional or affiliate NHD contest? 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 2021-2022 contest year.