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WCO International Scholarships For Young Customs Officials At Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) Tokyo, Japan

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The World Custom Organization invites applications from individuals who wants to pursue a degree program at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) Tokyo, Japan.

The Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme (Scholarship Programme) provides a grant covering travel, subsistence, admission, tuition and other approved expenses to enable promising young Customs managers from a developing member of the WCO to undertake Master’s level studies at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.

This scholarship program provides Customs officials from developing countries with an opportunity to pursue Master’s level studies and training in Customs related fields in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the university in Tokyo, Japan.

Application Deadline: 18th August 2017

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) Tokyo, Japan

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

Eligible Field Of Study: Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Type: Masters

Number of Awardees: 55 Customs officials from 38 Members in all the WCO regions

Value Of Scholarships:

  • A monthly stipend of 147,000 yen which covers living expenses such as food, clothing, and other daily expenses, as well as accommodations, transportation, medical treatment, insurance, and various miscellaneous expenses related to your study at AGU.
  • Admission(290,000 yen) and tuition fees (902,000 yen) of  which will be paid directly to AGU by the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Program. (as of 2016).
  • Round-trip economy-class air tickets between candidate’s home country and Japan. Airfare is provided for the scholar only and the travel must be on the date specified by AGU.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After the completion of the Programme, the candidates should continue to work in their home Customs administration for 3 years at least. After half a year and 3 years from the completion of the Programme, they should report to the university indicating the post they occupy in their home administration and how they have been utilizing the experience they acquired in Japan.
  • A candidate must be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2017

How To Apply: Click here to begin application process

Visit The Scholarship Webpage For More Information

Award Providers: World Custom Organization, Aoyama Gakuin University

Important Notes:
All Applications and supporting materials  to be mailed should be completed and returned to:
Master’s Program Admissions Office at Graduate School of Business
Aoyama Gakuin University
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8366
Telephone : + 81 3 3409 6239
Fax : + 81 3 3409 9423
e-mail : [email protected]
with the envelope marked, “Application for the WCO Scholarship”.

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