Japan-WCO human Resources Development Scholarship Program

Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Program 2013

Application Deadline: August 22 2013


What: Full tuition scholarship is awarded to full-time candidates who have been accepted for study at AGU and approved by the WCO


  • – Government officials of developing countries with at least three years’ experience in customs-related fields.
  • – Preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2014.

Scholarship Worth:

  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 slightly due to the economic situation in Japan.*
  2. Admission and tuition fees are paid by the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Program.
  3. Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan is provided.
  • *The current amount of stipend is 147,000 yen per month.

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 developing countries to  undertake Master’s level studies at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.

Scholarship Worth

Accommodation and living allowance

  • An all-inclusive allowance of 147,000 Japanese yen per month will be granted to cover the  cost of accommodation, meals and incidental expenses for the study period. The amount  of the allowance is subject to change according to the decision of the Japanese  Government. (The allowance will be paid in Japanese yen.)
  •  The Scholars will be offered assistance by the AGU to find residential accommodation at a  reasonable rent. 
  • The candidates should note that the allowance will not be sufficient to cover the expenses  of any accompanying dependants. No family-related expenses will be paid or added to the  monthly living allowance 


    Travel costs

  •  The cost of travel (return trip) between the Scholar’s place of residence and Tokyo will be  borne by the Programme budget. For this purpose, an economy class pre-paid air ticket by  the most direct route will be arranged by the AGU through a local travel or airline office or
    by courier in the country of the selected candidate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The candidates should be in good health, preferably below 40 years of age as of 1 April 2014.
  • The recipients of Scholarships under this Programme will enrol for the Master’s Degree  programme in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme at the AGU.
  • This Scholarship is for one academic year starting from April 2014. There will be a  preparatory course in March 2014 for a few weeks before the start of the Programme. The  Scholarship period cannot be extended.
  • The candidates should be Customs officers fully proficient in English. (a minimum  TOEFL score of internet Based Test (iBT) 79 / Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213 / Paper  Based Test (PBT) 550, IELTS 6.0, or its equivalent qualification to prove their language  proficiency). They should have a university degree or equivalent qualification. 
  •  The candidates should have at least 3 years of work experience in Customs and should  have assessed potential for advancement. In the selection, 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. 
  • 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 
  • After the completion of the Programme, the candidates should continue to work in their  home Customs administration for 3 years at least and, after 3 years, 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. 
  •  The candidates will be selected by the WCO in consultation with the AGU. The AGU shall inform the candidates about their selection or otherwise. The WCO will send a congratulatory letter to the administrations whose candidates have been selected. 
  • In accepting a Scholarship, the candidate undertakes to: 
  • Work full time on the assigned Programme. It will not be possible to undertake other  activities not related to the Programme. 
  • Comply with the laws and show due respect for the culture and way of life of the host  country. 
  • The AGU requests online registration for admissions for the 2014-2015 Scholarship  Programme. ID and Password to download the application forms will be obtained by  submitting the Registration Form on the Web site by 22 August 2013 (http://www.aoyamasmiprp.jp/).

The original set of Application Forms with all supporting materials should be  completed and returned to:

Master’s Program Admissions Office
Graduate School of Business
Aoyama Gakuin University
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8366
Telephone : + 81 3 3409 6239
Fax : + 81 3 3797 9877
e-mail : [email protected]
Website : http://www.aoyamasmiprp.jp/

with the envelope marked, “Application for the WCO Scholarship”. For more detailed information, please see the “Application Procedures” of the AGU, as enclosed herewith.

A duplicate set will be made and sent to the WCO Secretariat by the AGU Admissions Office. Therefore, it is not necessary to send a duplicate set to the WCO Secretariat. 15. The last date for receipt of the Application Forms at the above address is 29 August 2013.

The following administrative provisions govern this Scholarship Programme. If a nominee  or a concerned person in the nominating administrations has any questions, he/she should address them to the Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO Secretariat before the Scholarship is accepted.

Capacity Building Directorate,
World Customs Organization,
Rue du Marché 30, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Tel : + 32 2 209 96 47
Fax : + 32 2 209 94 96
e-mail : [email protected]


For More Information

Visit the Japan-WCO human Resources Development Scholarship Program Official Webpage

Aoyama gakuin University Webpage


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