Register

Welcome to the 2018 National History Day Contest! The National Contest will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland from June 10 to 14, 2018. 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 instructions. Carefully read through this information and make sure you have all required information ready.


Download the registration instructions.

Who MUST Complete Contest Registration & 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
  • 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 Key”
  • 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 15, 2018.
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 16, and will increase to $75 if this is not completed by 12:00 PM EDT on Monday, May 21. If you need to complete your registration after this deadline, you must call the NHD National Office at 301-314-9739.

Student Registration
Teacher Registration
Student Registration

AFTER YOUR AFFILIATE CONTEST
You will be able to register for the National Contest only after your affiliate 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. You may also contact the NHD National Office: registration@nhd.org, or 301-314-9739.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GROUP ENTRIES
Each person in your group must register individually. One student in the group will register first and create the entry. That student will then give their fellow group members the “team key.” The following group members will begin a student account and will enter the “team key” for their entry. This will bring up the title and description for their entry that was filled out by the group member who created the entry. All group members who won at the affiliate level must register for the National Contest, even if they cannot attend.

STUDENT CONTEST FEES
Each student must pay the $150 registration fee to attend 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. Please note: individual fees cannot be split between multiple forms of payment. For example, if your student registration fees are being paid by a check from your school, the check must cover the full amount ($150) of your registration fee. If you have any fees being paid by another party in addition to fees you are paying yourself, you will need to complete separate transactions for each payment.
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.

CATEGORY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

    Paper Entries - You will submit your paper and annotated bibliography electronically by uploading the document to our server within registration AND mail four copies to the National History Day offices. These are instructions detailing how to upload your paper. Your paper and annotated bibliography must be uploaded by the registration deadline: 11:59 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018. If you experience difficulties, please contact IT@nhd.org.
    Website Entries - NO paperwork is needed, as your process paper and annotated bibliography must be integrated into your site. Be sure to include your unique 8-digit portion of your web site URL in the entry information section during online registration. PLEASE NOTE: Website entries will be locked for judging at 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Be sure to complete and publish your website before this time.
    Exhibit, Performance, or Documentary Entries - If you are entered in the Exhibit, Performance, or Documentary categories, DO NOT send in your process paper or bibliography; bring four copies with you to the contest.

MEDICAL INFORMATION
Every student registering for the National Contest must complete this information, regardless of whether he or she is staying on campus. The medical information form is included as part of registration. 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.

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 along with your child, during the registration process. Parents do not need to 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. 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 is confirmed, you will see the handling labels on your user dashboard under the “Labels” section. From there you will download and print your labels.
    On Campus Housing and Meal Packages - If you plan on staying at the University of Maryland during the National Contest, you can sign up for a room and meal package within online registration. In the “Merchandise” area, under the Housing Package item, select the specific housing package you need from the “Size” dropdown. Next, indicate who the package is for by completing the fields: first name, last name, age, and the relationship of this person to the account holder. If the package is for the account holder, choose “none.” If you would like to request a roommate, please enter the desired roommate’s name into the “Roommate” field. When you have completed all fields, click “Add to cart.” If you are selecting a meal-only package, you will complete these same fields. However, you will leave the “Roommate” field blank. View the details and rates for these packages here.

    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 10 - 14, 2018)
      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.
Teacher Registration

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. You may also contact the NHD National Office: registration@nhd.org, or 301-314-9739.

TEACHER CONTEST FEES
There is a $60 teacher registration fee to attend the contest. You can process all contest registration payments for you and your students at once in your teacher account. You must indicate a check payment or use a credit card to pay online. Please note: individual fees cannot be split between multiple forms of payment (i.e., credit card or check). Each order must be paid in full by a single form of payment. For example, if your teacher registration fees and/or your students' registration fees are being paid by a check from your school, the check must cover the full amount ($60) of your teacher registration fee and/or ($150) of your students' registration fees. If you have any fees being paid by another party in addition to fees you are paying yourself, you will need to complete separate transactions for each payment. 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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
There also are valuable professional development workshops, which are available for additional fees.

MEDICAL INFORMATION
Every student registering for the National Contest must complete this information, regardless of whether he or she is staying on campus. The medical information form is included as part of registration. 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.

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 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 along with their child, during the registration process. Parents do not need to 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. 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 is confirmed, you will see the handling labels on your user dashboard under the “Labels” section. From there you will download and print your labels.
    On Campus Housing and Meal Packages - If you plan on staying at the University of Maryland during the National Contest, you can sign up for a room and meal package within online registration. In the “Merchandise” area, under the Housing Package item, select the specific housing package you need from the “Size” dropdown. Next, indicate who the package is for by completing the fields: first name, last name, age, and the relationship of this person to the account holder. If the package is for the account holder, choose “none.” If you would like to request a roommate, please enter the desired roommate’s name into the “Roommate” field. When you have completed all fields, click “Add to cart.” If you are selecting a meal-only package, you will complete these same fields. However, you will leave the “Roommate” field blank. View the details and rates for these packages here.

    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 10 - 14, 2018)
      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.
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.

NHD Explore

NHD Explore is a great way to explore history while you are in town for the contest.

Teacher Professional Development

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

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.