Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Programme in Japan, 2018


The Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme (Scholarship Programme) provides grants to enable promising young Customs managers from a developing country member of the World Customs Organisation(WCO) to undertake Master’s level studies at the (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan

About the University

Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is one of the top private universities in Asia, located in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo, Japan.



    Scholarships are awarded in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme.

    1. A monthly stipend covers accommodations, meals, transportations, and other expenses. It cannot be increased to cover family members, if any. The amount of stipend is subject to change according to the decision of the Japanese Government.*

    2. Admission and tuition fees.**

    3. Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan.

    *The current amount of monthly stipend is 147,000 yen (as of 2018).

    **The current amount of admission fee is 290,000 yen and annual tuition fee is 917,000 yen (as of 2018).

    1. A candidate must be a customs officer of a developing member of the WCO with quality work experience of at least three years in the field of customs policy and administration in his/her home country.

    2. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in IPR border enforcement, and who are expected to work in the IPR-related section of their Customs administration after this Scholarship Programme.

    3. A candidate must be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2019.

    4. Individuals who have already been awarded a scholarship under the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme in the past will not be entitled to apply for this Scholarship Programme.

    5. After the completion of the Programme, the candidates should continue to work in their home Customs administration for 3 years at least.

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    Application Process
    1. The mode of applying is online.

    2. Application Form (Form 1)
    Two Letters of Recommendation (Form 2)
    3. Certificate of Employment Status and Acceptance for Leave of Absence (Form 3)

    4. Photocopy of diplomas from all colleges/universities attended with a signature and seal from the 3rd party. If your diplomas are not English, please provide an official translation.

    5. Original English Transcript(s) issued by all colleges/universities attended (if your transcript is not English, please provide an official translation)

    6. Standardized test information – originally issued TOEFL or IELTS score report (only for those whose undergraduate/graduate education was not conducted in English. If received your education in English, please submit a proof letter issued by the university you have graduated from)

    7. A photocopy of either a paper, report, thesis or book written in English, if any

    8. An Assignment Paper (Form 4)

    9. A Research Proposal at the SMIPRP (Form 5)

    10. WCO Nomination Form (Form 6: If applicable, please submit the form. The form needs to be completed by, or under the authority of, the Head of the nominating administration e.g. Director General, Commissioner or equivalent official).

    11. A photocopy of your passport

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