Taxation Scholarships and Fellowships
Graduate Tax Scholars
Each year the Law Center chooses a small number of exceptional full-time Taxation LL.M. students as Graduate Tax Scholars. Students are selected based on their demonstrated interest in tax policy and their potential to excel in tax scholarship. Scholars receive full or partial tuition awards and participate in an enrichment program with leading tax practitioners and government officials.
Graduate Tax Scholars will complete a substantial research paper on a tax-related topic, either in a seminar course or as a Graduate Independent Research. Scholarships are available to full time U.S. and foreign-trained Tax LL.M. students. Scholars may generally not accept paid employment outside of the Law Center during the academic year, although they are free to apply for academic externships.
To apply, indicate your interest in being considered for the scholarship on your LL.M. application form, and submit a supplemental essay of 500 words (max) on an issue of tax law or policy that is of interest to you. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. However, initial scholarship offers won’t be made until at least early March.
In conjunction with the Council On State Taxation (COST), the Law Center invites applications for fellowships in State and Local Taxation, one of the fastest-growing tax disciplines. A COST Fellow receives a $7,500 stipend (paid directly to Georgetown Law Center to be applied to your tuition) for a two-semester internship at COST. A COST Fellow is expected to commit 10 hours per week to COST during the school year (excludes final exams) and COST will pay its fellows for any work in excess of 10 hours and for work conducted during the winter break. Please note the COST Fellowship may affect financial aid packages. Preference is given to full-time LL.M. (Taxation) students. Past COST fellows (post LL.M. program) obtained full-time tax positions with top accounting, consulting, law firms, and Fortune 500 company tax departments.
COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers. COST is a nonprofit trade association consisting of nearly 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business. COST's objective is to preserve and promote equitable and nondiscriminatory state and local taxation of multijurisdictional business entities.
A COST Fellow assists COST legal staff with a range of core COST activities including substantial writing for COST publications; supporting COST's educational and advocacy activities through legislative analysis and other legislative support activities; updating and revising presentation materials; research, analysis, and compilation of information for COST "scorecards" on state tax administration; and assisting with research and writing amicus briefs filed with the highest state and federal courts on significant state tax issues.
The selection of Georgetown/COST fellows is based on academic merit, experience, and interest in the field of state and local taxation. Qualified applicants with a demonstrated interest and accomplishments in the field of tax law are preferred; however, significant exposure to state and local tax issues is not required. Candidates must have proficient writing and communication skills, and a successful candidate will enjoy working as part of a team. This fellowship is only available to U.S. Citizens and those who have the right to work in the U.S.
To apply for a COST Fellowship, please submit a completed Georgetown University Law Center LL.M application to the Taxation program (including all required supplementary materials) and indicate your interest in the COST Fellowship on your LL.M. application form. A writing sample of at least 5 pages (10 pages if double spaced) in length must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by July 1, 2023. Program applicants may be interviewed and fellows are typically selected at the beginning of the fall semester.
Akin-Gump - Robert Rothman Tax Scholarship
The Akin-Gump - Robert Rothman Tax Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the law firm Akin-Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. A partial award will be given to one student per year that shows both scholastic aptitude and need. Awardees must be U.S. citizens and pursuing their LL.M. in Taxation on a full time basis. Selection will be based upon a candidate's LL.M. application materials. No additional application is necessary.
The scholarship is to honor the life of Robert Rothman, a Senior Counsel at Akin Gump who was a major contributor to the firm’s tax practice.
KPMG Tax Scholarship
The KPMG Tax Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the tax professionals at KPMG and by matching grants from the KPMG Foundation. The award is based on merit and potential for success in the field of taxation. It is open to both U.S.- and foreign-educated full-time applicants. There is no additional application procedure for this scholarship; candidates will be chosen based upon their LL.M. application materials.
Leonard B. Terr Memorial Scholarship
In honor of the late Leonard B. Terr, a former Tax Partner at Baker & McKenzie and an Adjunct Professor of Law, this $50,000 annual scholarship provides tuition assistance for a Tax LL.M. student who has demonstrated financial need, displays a commitment to pursuing a career in tax law and who embodies Georgetown's ideals of service to others. Selection for this award will be based upon the materials submitted with an application. No separate application or materials are necessary. However, selected candidates may be asked to submit financial documentation demonstrating need.