Register

Welcome to the 2019 National History Day Contest! The National Contest will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland from June 9 to 13, 2019. On the page below and on the tabs to the right, you will find valuable information that will help you register for the contest and plan your trip to Washington, DC.

Before you begin, DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL CONTEST REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS. Carefully read through this information and make sure you have all required information ready.

Who MUST Complete Contest Registration and Payment:

  • Competing students, accompanied by their parents
  • Teachers of competing students. Teachers who are not attending the contest will indicate this during registration. Teachers who are not attending are able to submit payment for their students without paying a registration fee for themselves.

Please note: ALL students in a group entry must register and pay registration fees, even if a member is unable to attend.

All registrants will need the following items:

  • Home Telephone Number
  • Home Contact Information
  • Your Email Address (Valid email addresses are required.)
  • Credit Card Number (if applicable)

Students will need these additional items:

  • Teacher Name and School
  • Chaperone Name
  • Entry Category, Division, Title
  • If part of a group entry, the entry’s “Team/Project key” (Only needed if students did NOT use the online registration system for their affiliate contest. Details below.)
  • Medical and Health Information (Including Medical Insurance Policy Number)
  • Credit Card Number (if applicable)

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11:59 PM EDT ON TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019.
A $50 Late Fee will be assessed for all registrants who do not complete contest registration and submit payment before the deadline. The late fee will increase to $60 if this is not completed by 11:59 PM EDT Wednesday, May 15, and will increase to $75 if this is not completed by 12:00 PM EDT on Monday, May 20.

If you are paying by CHECK, please make it payable to National History Day and mail to: National History Day, 4511 Knox Road, Suite 205, College Park, MD 20740. Please write your invoice number on the check to ensure payment is applied to the correct account.

Refund Policy


Student Information
Teacher Information
Student Information

DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL CONTEST REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

AFTER YOUR AFFILIATE/STATE CONTEST
You will be able to register for the National Contest only after your affiliate/state contest. You will receive an email notifying you when registration is open for your affiliate. It may take several business days after your affiliate contest before you receive this email, as your affiliate coordinator must verify information with the National Office first. If you have not received any notification several business days after your contest, please contact your affiliate coordinator. You can find your coordinator’s contact information on the NHD website: www.nhd.org/affiliate. You may also contact the NHD National Office: registration@nhd.org, or 301-314-9739.

CONTEST FEES
Each competing student must pay the $150 registration fee for the contest. Teachers can process all contest registration payments for their students at once. Please check with your teacher to find out how you should proceed with payment. Otherwise, you must use a credit card to pay online or indicate that you intend to mail a check for the full amount.

MEDICAL INFORMATION
Every student registering for the National Contest must complete this information, regardless of whether he or she is staying on campus. You will be required to complete medical information as part of your online registration, where a parent/guardian must also agree to the authorizations. The information retained in this form is shared only with, and is required by, the University of Maryland Health Center to facilitate emergency medical treatment. Requested information includes medical conditions, medications, child’s doctor, and medical insurance. It is strongly recommended that you have this information ready before you begin the registration process.

OTHER REGISTRATION ITEMS
Parent/Guardian Information - Parents are expected to assist their child in completing the account creation and registration process. This includes agreeing to several waivers and authorizations within the system. Each student will need at least one parent/guardian listed in his/her registration, even if the parent is not attending the contest. Parents and family members are able to sign up for on-campus housing with their child during the registration process. Parents should not create a separate account.

Nominating your Entry for a Special Prize
At the National Contest, a number of organizations sponsor prizes awarded to the entry that best exemplifies the specific prize criteria. Special prizes are topic specific. To see if your entry is eligible for a special prize, browse the list on the NHD website, www.nhd.org/special-prizes. You may nominate your entry for up to two prizes within your entry information in the online registration system.

Handling Labels
If you will be shipping items to the University of Maryland for the contest, you must purchase one NHD handling label per package during online registration. These labels will be generated automatically with the name and address you provide. Once payment for your labels has been indicated, you will see the button "Print Handling Labels" in your Order History. From there you will download and print your labels. Please remember this is only a handling and storage fee. You are still responsible for arranging and paying for the shipment of your exhibit, equipment, or props to and from the National Contest.

On Campus Housing and Meal Packages
If you plan on staying at the University of Maryland during the National Contest, you can sign up and pay for a room and meal package within online registration. To view details and rates for these packages, click HERE.


Paper Entries
You will submit your paper and annotated bibliography electronically by uploading the document within registration AND mail in four copies. Download instructions on how to upload your paper. Your paper and annotated bibliography must be uploaded by the registration deadline: 11:59 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019. If you experience difficulties, please contact IT@nhd.org.

Please note that you are welcome to submit the hard copies of your paper and annotated bibliography printed on both sides to conserve paper. (This is contrary to Rule A3.) Paper hard copies must be received in the NHD office by 11:59 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Please send your paper to: PAPERS, National History Day, 4511 Knox Road, Suite 205, College Park, MD 20740.

Website Entries
Your process paper and annotated bibliography must be integrated into your website. No paperwork is required. PLEASE NOTE: Websites will be locked for judging beginning 11:59 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Be sure to publish your website before May 14. Please do not password-protect your site.


HOW TO CONTACT NHD

Prior to the contest
    For technical support issues, please email IT@nhd.org or call the National History Day office at 301-314-9739.
    For general registration and contest questions, please send an email to registration@nhd.org or call the National History Day office at 301-314-9739.
    Questions regarding housing and meals should be directed to NHDhousing@umd.edu, or call Conferences and Visitor Services at 301-314-6637.
During the contest (June 9 - 13, 2019)
    National History Day's office will be closed during the week of the contest. Do not use the NHD office number for emergencies during the contest.
    Any questions during the contest should be directed to National History Day staff, who will be stationed in the Stamp Student Union. The main number to the Stamp Student Union is 301-314-3375. (Note: University staff at the Stamp Student Union can provide general campus and building information, but not specific competition information.)
    If you need to reach the NHD staff in an emergency, please call 301-314-0340.

HELPFUL LINKS

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect at the National Contest

Parking and Transportation On Campus

Lodging (On Campus and Off Campus) at the National Contest

Teacher Information

DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL CONTEST REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

AFTER YOUR AFFILIATE/STATE CONTEST
You will be able to register for the National Contest only after your affiliate/state contest. You will receive an email notifying you when registration is open for your affiliate. It may take several business days after your affiliate contest before you receive this email, as your affiliate coordinator must verify information with the National Office first. If you have not received any notification several business days after your contest, please contact your affiliate coordinator. You can find your coordinator’s contact information on the NHD website: www.nhd.org/affiliate. You may also contact the NHD National Office: registration@nhd.org, or 301-314-9739.

When creating your account, please confirm that your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address are complete and accurate. This information is necessary for NHD staff to contact you in case an issue arises, or to mail back student certificate packets after the contest.

Teacher Fees
There is a $60 teacher registration fee to attend the contest. There also are valuable professional development workshops, which are available for additional fees. Look for details on our website: https://nhd.org/register/teacherpd.


HOW TO CONTACT NHD

Prior to the contest
    For technical support issues, please email IT@nhd.org or call the National History Day office at 301-314-9739.
    For general registration and contest questions, please send an email to registration@nhd.org or call the National History Day office at 301-314-9739.
    Questions regarding housing and meals should be directed to NHDhousing@umd.edu, or call Conferences and Visitor Services at 301-314-6637.
During the contest (June 9 - 13, 2019)
    National History Day's office will be closed during the week of the contest. Do not use the NHD office number for emergencies during the contest.
    Any questions during the contest should be directed to National History Day staff, who will be stationed in the Stamp Student Union. The main number to the Stamp Student Union is 301-314-3375. (Note: University staff at the Stamp Student Union can provide general campus and building information, but not specific competition information.)
    If you need to reach the NHD staff in an emergency, please call 301-314-0340.

HELPFUL LINKS

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect at the National Contest

Parking and Transportation On Campus

Lodging (On Campus and Off Campus) at the National Contest

Download the Contest Schedule

This is the schedule for the 2019 National Contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

View this page for answers to common questions about registration and the contest.

Contest Expectations

What students, parents, teachers, and families should expect during judging and the contest.

Contest Lodging

Attendees can stay in dorms on campus or hotels in the area. Learn more here.

Campus Parking and Transportation

Information about parking on campus and the free NHD Shuttle Bus

Travel and Shipping

Getting you and your project to the contest can be a challenge. Here you can find information about accomplishing both.

Teacher Professional Development

Numerous workshops are available for teachers at the contest. Learn more and sign up here.

NHDeXplore

NHD Explore (NHDx) is a series of programs during the National History Day National Contest that allow students to further their love and learning of history. Numerous organizations have opened their doors to participants of the contest as well as their teachers and families.

College Scholarships

Three college scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants. Learn more here.

Student Accomplishment Press Release

This is a press release template that can be filled out for students who received awards at the 2018 National History Day Contest.

Campus Map

This is a map of the University of Maryland Campus with specific contest locations indicated.
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