The Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme provides a grant covering travel, subsistence, admission, tuition and other approved expenses to enable promising young Customs managers from a developing country member of the WCO to undertake Master’s level studies at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme is a Japanese Government sponsored programmme to Help Custom managers from Develop capacity in the field of Strategic Policy and Administration studies, thereby enhancing international commerce, trade and customs administration.
- 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.
- Admission and tuition fees.
- Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan.
Level and Area of Studies
Masters in Custom Policy and Administration.
Place of Study
Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.
- A candidate must be a customs officer of a developing member of the WCO with quality work experience of at least two 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.
- A candidate must be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1.
- 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.
- In order to accept the Scholarship, a candidate must fill out, sign and submit a document named Scholar Guidelines to the WCO.
During the Programme:
- If the performance of scholars falls below a certain critical standard Scholarship may be terminated.
- All selected scholars shall abide by the laws of Japan, as well as by AGU regulations, and refrain from engaging in unlawful activities.
After the Completion of the Programme:
- At completion of the Programme, Scholars should report to the WCO and the AGU indicating the post they occupy in their home administration and how they have been utilizing the experience they acquired in Japan.