Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme 2021
  • Full Scholarship
  • Tokyo

The SMIPRP at AGU’s Graduate School of Business, in cooperation with WCO, takes a leading role in achieving its mission “to be a school for training and research for future leaders in the policy arena.” by offering a master’s degree program that nurtures future leaders in customs-related organizations. As a leading research institution in Business and Management, they pursue quality research in such areas as strategic and organizational management and intellectual property rights, offering continuous feedback to future executives in customs-related organizations.

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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.





  • 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.
    • The current amount of monthly stipend is 147,000 yen (as of 2021).
    • The current amount of admission fee is 290,000 yen and the annual tuition fee is 917,000 yen (as of 2021).
  • Round-trip economy-class air tickets between the home country and 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, 2022.
  • 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.
Eligible Regions: Developing countries.

Application Process

In order to accept the Scholarship, a candidate must fill out, sign and submit a document named Scholar Guidelines to the WCO.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  •  Create a login account, complete and submit online registration form with the information necessary.
  • After submitting the online registration form, the username and password will be emailed.
  • Please go to the SMIPRP website and click the “Login ”. Then you need to enter the username and password provided on the login page to proceed to the next step.

Apply online using the apply link.

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Application Deadline: August 13, 2021

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