National History Day (NHD) Eligibility PDF Print E-mail

Do you know what that means? "NHD" stands for "National History Day" which is a nationwide history contest. Each year, the national office names a historical theme that many students use to frame their topic. The Chicago Metro History Fair offers students the opportunity to participate in NHD, but it is not mandatory—students are eligible to advance all the way to the state level and win awards and scholarships for any topic in local or state history.

Teachers must register projects as "NHD Eligible" and students should address the question in their Summary Statement in order to be considered by the NHD judges. The NHD qualifiers are selected by the state competition in May.

There are specific rules governing projects that are selected to represent Illinois at the National History Day in June. If selected, students should expect to revise and improve their projects further to meet those requirements. History Fair staff will be available to help students prepare for NHD.


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