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Students enter projects into the first level of official NHDI competition at regional contests around the state. Finalists from each contest are invited to compete at the NHDI State Contest, where the top winners in the Junior and Senior divisions (grades six through 12) become eligible to compete at The  National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland, in June.

Sign up to judge for an NHDI contest here! Teachers who judge for NHDI contests will be eligible for PGP credit from the Indiana Historical Society.

Contest Registration

Teachers, please email nhdi@indianahistory.org or call (317) 233-9559 for registration instructions.

The entry fee for participating in NHD Indiana contests is $10 per student. Click here for more details on payments.

All times are Eastern Time.

Northeast Region Contest

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne – Feb. 17, 2018  
Registration due by Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due to NHDI office by Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock Friday, Feb. 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Northwest Region Contest

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame – Feb. 24, 2018  
Registration due by Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due to NHDI office by Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock Friday, Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

Central Region Contest

IUPUI, Indianapolis – March 3, 2018
Registration due by Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

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South Region Contest

Brown County High School, Nashville – March 3, 2018
Registration due by Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

IPS District Contest

Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis – March 14, 2018
Registration due by Monday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Monday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Wednesday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Southeast Region Contest

Hanover College, Hanover – March 17, 2018
Registration due by Wednesday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Wednesday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Friday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Southwest Region Contest

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville – March 20, 2018
Registration due by Friday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Friday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Monday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m.

National History Day in Indiana State Contest

Ivy Tech, Indianapolis  – April 14, 2018
Registration due by Monday, April 2 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due by Monday, April 2 at 11:59 p.m.
Websites lock on Thursday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

National Contest for National History Day

June 11 through 15, 2017, at the University of Maryland, College Park
Registration closes May 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Papers should be emailed in PDF format to or mailed to the following address by the above due dates:

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Attn. NHDI
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202