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Japan - WCO International Masters Scholarships for Customs Officials in Developing Countries 2020

WCO International, Japan is offering Custom 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 through the WCO International Masters Scholarships for Customs Officials.

The Master degree programme comprises of two segments: an academic segment and a practical segment. The academic segment starts with focused teaching of foundational skills in strategic management and IPR.
It then moves to a range of applied topics which helps students understand how to design, implement, and evaluate public policies, in particular customs policy, in accordance with development strategies for organizations. The practical segment is taught in co-operation with the Japan Customs, including the Japan Customs Training Institute.

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About WCO Scholarship

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 country member of the WCO to undertake Master’s level studies at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.


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Aim and Benefits of WCO Scholarship Master

  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 2019).
    **The current amount of admission fee is 290,000 yen and annual tuition fee is 917,000 yen (as of 2019).

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Requirements for WCO Scholarship Master Qualification

  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, 2020.
  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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Interview date, Process and Venue for WCO Scholarship Master

  1. If the performance of scholars falls below a certain critical standard (e.g., failing a required course, or one that is important in the curricula), or scholars are unable to continue with schoolwork for any reason whatsoever, we may terminate provision of the scholarship, even during the school year. In the event of such an occurrence, scholars may also not be provided with a return air ticket.

All selected scholars shall abide by the laws of Japan, as well as by AGU regulations, and refrain from engaging in unlawful activities. If the scholar fails to do so, his/her scholarship may be terminated at our discretion and the scholars may not be provided with a return air ticket.

After the Completion of the Programme

  1. After half a year and 3 years respectively from 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.

Note 1: All rules and policies are subject to change without prior notice on this website.
Note 2: For further information, please refer to the letter and the administrative provisions from the WCO to its Member administrations.


Application Deadline

August 10, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to WCO Scholarship on aoyama.c-direct01.jp to apply

Candidates interested in applying for the scholarship should submit applications for admissions for the 2019/2020 Programme. ID and Password for the online application will be obtained by submitting the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM (Link is at the top right corner of the Scholarship Webpage. When registering, enter Login ID and password of your own choice and indicate your interest in the WCO Scholarship) on the Web site by the application deadline.


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