How To Apply

International students click here for detailed information about how to apply.

Interested candidates apply directly to the National Institute of American History & Democracy.  All required and supplemental application materials should be mailed to:

U.S. Postal Service FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.

National Institute of American History & Democracy

College of William & Mary

P.O. Box 8795

Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

 National Institute of American History & Democracy

College of William & Mary

205 Griffin Ave

Williamsburg, VA 23185


There is no application fee.

Required Materials
  • Application Form.
  • Official high school transcript to include first semester/first trimester grades for the current academic year (2018-2019).  Transcripts should be on official school letterhead and submitted in a sealed envelope signed by your guidance office or college counselor.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation and/or Teacher Evaluation Form from a History or English teacher.
  • 300-word essay reflecting on one (1) of the topics below:
  1. Identify an event from history and explain its relevance to American history.
  2. Identify a person from history and explain their relevance to American history.
  3. Reflect on a personal connection you have with an aspect of or person related to American history.
Supplemental Materials
Applying for Financial Aid

NIAHD's financial aid packages are limited and are only awarded to students with a demonstrated need.  Anyone needing to apply for aid must submit their Financial Aid Application and all supporting documentation with the rest of their application packet.  

To apply for Financial Aid, families must submit:

NIAHD will not begin reviewing any financial aid applications until April 1.  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were received.

Decisions regarding financial aid are communicated to the student in the offer email.  It is assumed that any student requesting aid cannot attend the program without it.

In order to help as many students as possible, NIAHD does not provide full scholarships.  Only partial scholarships will be awarded.

* Financial Aid is only available to U.S. Citizens.  International students are not eligible to receive any financial assistance from NIAHD.