Graduate Students

NTA Encourages Your Professional Development

The National Tax Association (NTA) is committed to developing the next generation of tax policy experts. We have a number of initiatives specifically for graduate students and young professionals. Please contact Taylor Lewis with questions or to get involved at

The NTA offers a discounted student membership of $45 (a $65 savings!). NTA’s diverse membership is its unique feature and its greatest strength. The Association brings together government, corporate, academic, and independent professionals – a rich mix of federal and state legislators, administrators and policy analysts; taxpayer representatives; practicing lawyers and accountants; professors of economics, law and accounting; students; and interested citizens. Learn more and join NTA today!

Doctoral Dissertation Award
The NTA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 1971 and recognizes exemplary dissertation research in government finance and taxation.

All graduate students at accredited U.S. and Canadian Institutions and individuals who will receive the doctoral degree or its equivalent between a specific time period are eligible to apply.

Entries are judged by a panel of experts on the basis of originality, clarity of exposition,
and significance of the analysis for scholars and practitioners of government finance. The winner receives $2,000 and the opportunity to adapt the manuscript for publication in the
National Tax Journal. Two honorable mention awards of $1,000 each may be given for
other outstanding entries. The winners are announced in September of each year and presented the awards at the NTA Annual Conference on Taxation. Papers based on the dissertations are featured at the Annual Conference as well. Learn more about the NTA Doctoral Dissertation Award

Professional Development
NTA programs two in person events per year. You are encouraged to attend the Spring Symposium and the Annual Conference to bolster your network and learn from the best minds in economics. Learn more about NTA events.

Activities at the NTA Annual Conference on Taxation
NTA warmly welcomes graduate students to attend our Annual Conference.

The conference offers many opportunities to meet and talk with NTA members, the leaders in tax policy. As you will find out, our members want to get to know you and learn about your research! And for those of you on the job market, attending the conference will increase your profile and help put you in touch with potential employers. Learn more about this year’s Graduate Student Initiatives!

On the Job Market?
Check out the job listings webpage.

Additionally, be sure to indicate you’re looking when you sign up for the NTA Annual Conference!  We will make it easier for potential employers to find you by putting your name, e-mail address, and homepage on the conference website and indicating on the conference program whether a speaker is a graduate student on the market this year.