Applications are now opened for the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Programme. The programme provides a grant covering travel, subsistence, admission, tuition and other approved expenses to promising young Customs managers.
Fully funded, the programme is available for young Customs managers from developing countries member of the WCO to undertake Master’s level studies at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. The organization represents 183 Customs administrations worldwide and process about 98% of world trade.
- Host institution: Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Japan.
- Fields of study: A Master of Arts degree in Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Applicants programme duration.
- Target group: Open to customs officers of developing countries, member of the WCO (world Customs Organization).
Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Benefits
Selected candidates for the scholarship will receive following benefits:
- 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 2020).
- Admission and tuition fees (The current amount of admission fee is 290,000 yen and annual tuition fee is 917,000 yen as of 2020).
- Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan.
Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Eligibility
To apply for this scholarship to study in Japan, candidates must meet following requirements:
- 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.
- Have a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
- be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2021.
- 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.
- Suitable level of proficiency in English to be able to write a thesis is required.
- TOEFL iBT (internet based test) 79, TOEFL PBT (paper based test) 550, IELTS Academic Module 6.0 (in each band).
- For those who have received education in English, please obtain an official letter of proof from the graduated university indicating that your education was conducted in English.
- Online PC environment in which you can run Skype for an interview.
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Interested applicants should click on the apply button and follow instruction to submit their application.
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