Applications close: Friday 30 November 2018

The International Fiscal Association (IFA; Australian Branch) and the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association (ATTA) invite applications for the Graham Hill IFA Research Prize, which is fully paid participation in IFA Congress and Poster Program in London, 8 – 12 September 2019.

Justice Graham Hill, who was the patron of ATTA and the president of the 2003 International Fiscal Association Congress in Sydney and a leading figure in tax in Australia for more than 30 years, died in August 2005. The Australian IFA branch in association with ATTA established a prize in his memory known as the Graham Hill IFA Research Prize.

Applications for the Prize are invited from current doctoral students working in international or comparative taxation in Australia. Members of ATTA supervising eligible doctoral students are requested to bring the prize to the attention of their students. If you are a member of ATTA and have your own thesis in progress, you are also encouraged to apply.

The Prize

The Australian IFA branch will pay for one Australian doctoral student to attend an IFA Congress once every two years as part of the Poster program. This involves preparing posters explaining the subject of the thesis and discussing the thesis with interested participants in the Congress.

The prize will next be offered in relation to the annual IFA Congress in in London, 8 – 12 September 2019. This is the seventh time the prize has been offered.

The payment includes an advance purchase economy airfare and per diem to cover budget hotel for six nights and other incidental expenses. The prize will be paid as a cash sum in advance, not against receipts. The winner participating in the poster program will not need to pay the registration fee for the Congress but will be given complimentary registration by IFA (the standard arrangement for the poster program).

The winner must provide a brief report to the IFA Australian Branch and ATTA within one month of the end of the conference about their experience in attending the conference.

Application and judging process

All doctoral students enrolled at Australian universities working in subjects that have an international or comparative tax dimension are eligible. Applicants will have made progress on their thesis at least to the point that they have a detailed thesis proposal and have written at least one full chapter.

Applications should be sent to Professor Dale Pinto of Curtin University of Technology, email [email protected]. The initial application should be a single Word document and need only include the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact details, including email
  • Current title and abstract of thesis
  • Current state and projected timeline for completion of thesis
  • Brief indication of the international or comparative element of the thesis (this will often be evident from the title or abstract but needs to be clear to be eligible to apply)

Applications are due by 30 November 2018.

After an initial vetting of the applications by the judging panel, eligible students will be contacted by ATTA and asked to submit a sample of one or more thesis chapters and a report from the thesis supervisor(s). The prize is not dependent on completion of the thesis. Indeed one of the general purposes of the poster program is to obtain input into the finalisation of the thesis from the international group of tax scholars and professionals who attend IFA (usually in excess of 2,000 registrants).

ATTA will appoint a panel of judges in due course.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the Annual ATTA conference in 2019. This allows time for the winner to prepare for the Poster Program at the IFA Congress.

(Source: ATTA Newsletter)

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