Students can qualify for the 2020 International History Olympiad in four ways:

1. Qualifying through International History Bee and Bowl tournaments – Outside the USA
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions as explained in the following paragraph, students who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at any regional tournament outside the USA in either the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school year will be eligible to participate in the 2020 International History Olympiad. Students on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds or a playoff win are eligible as well.  You can find the closest tournament by visiting www.ihbbasia.com, www.ihbbeurope.com, www.ihbbcanada.com, or www.ihbbanz.com (for Australia and New Zealand) and following the links to events in your area.
Please note that any student who qualified and was born in 2008 or earlier can compete. Students born in 2009 (or in the 5th grade in the 2019-2020 school year) are welcome to come if they have qualified and if they come with a parent or guardian but they must also submit a letter explaining their accomplishments to date, and the Olympiad staff reserves the right to defer these students if they have not greatly distinguished themselves in competition. Students who graduated high school prior to August 2019 are ineligible to compete.

2. Qualifying through the National History Bee and Bowl – Inside the USA
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions as explained in the following paragraph, students and teams in the USA who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School (any age division) or Elementary National Championships in either the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school year will be eligible to participate in the Olympiad. Students on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds at Nationals are eligible as well.
Please note that any student who qualified and was born in 2008 or earlier can compete. Students born in 2009 (or in the 5th grade in the 2019-2020 school year) are welcome to come if they have qualified and if they come with a parent or guardian but they must also submit a letter explaining their accomplishments to date, and the Olympiad staff reserves the right to defer these students if they have not greatly distinguished themselves in competition. Students who graduated high school prior to August 2019 are ineligible to compete.
Students who are on a History Bowl team that wins a state or regional National History Bowl tournament, or are in the top quarter of students in the Varsity or Junior Varsity division at any state or regional National History Bee tournament, or the top quarter of students in the Middle School or Elementary division at any regional finals tournament for the National History Bee in either the preliminaries or final standings are also eligible (provided they are not rendered ineligible by the aforementioned age and grade restrictions) as are all students finishing in final positions 1-3 in the Bee regardless of how many students competed (as long as they score at least 1 point). You can find the closest tournament and tournament results by visiting www.historybowl.com or www.historybee.com. If you are a student in the USA and are uncertain as to whether you qualify, please email director@historybowl.com.

3. Qualifying from areas over 200km from NHBB or two IHBB tournament sites through a Qualifying Exam. Or qualify in Australia or New Zealand through the Qualifying Exam
With the exception of students affected by the age or grade restrictions as explained above, students who attended a school over 200km from the nearest NHBB site or students living over 200km from the nearest two IHBB regional tournament sites at which they could have competed in the 2018-2019 tournament season, who are interested in attending the Olympiad also have the option of taking a multiple choice exam, which must be administered by a teacher at their school.
Students who obtain a high enough outright score (i.e. at least 50 for the Varsity, 40 for the JV, and 30 for the middle school) on the qualifying exam typically qualify for the Olympiad, though IHBB reserves the right to require an additional qualifying exam and/or interview via Skype depending on the score. There are two versions of the exam, so there are several chances to qualify this way; students may take both. The exam may be taken until June 15, 2020 (pending space remaining available on the ship), but we strongly recommend taking the exam as soon as possible.
All students in Australia and New Zealand (even if their schools compete) are eligible to qualify via the qualifying exam as well, as we have fewer events in those countries each year than elsewhere around the world in regions with active IHBB tournaments.
To register for the qualifying exam, please email emilio@iacompetitions.com. Students attending school outside the USA who attended school within 200km of the nearest two tournament sites in 2018-2019 may apply for a wild card bid to take the exam if there were extenuating circumstances as to why they could not attend the NHBB / IHBB tournament(s). Students interested in this option should contact emilio@iacompetitions.com for further instructions.

Please contact emilio@iacompetitions.com if you have questions regarding eligibility for the exam.

4. Students who have medaled at a prior International History Olympiad
All students who medaled in any event at the 2015, 2016, or 2018 International History Olympiads are eligible to compete at the 2020 International History Olympiad as long as they meet age and grade level eligibility criteria.