16 August, 2019.


Tokyo, Japan.

(Fully Funded)


WCO SCHOLARSHIP – Aoyama Gakuin University

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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Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is one of the top private universities in Asia, located in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo, Japan. The Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights Program (SMIPRP) is a 12-month master’s degree program at AGU’s Graduate School of Business and offers cutting-edge classes and practical management skills for future leaders, particularly in customs organizations around the world. All instruction on the SMIPRP is given in English, and the program is open to students worldwide. This master’s degree program operates under the sponsorship of the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Management ,Intellectual Property Rights, customs policy implementation and administration.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

 twelve months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • 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.
  • 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, 2020.
  • 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.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • 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.

*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).

How to Apply

First Step: Online registration

create a login account from here.

Second Step: Notification of ID & Password.

Upon your submission of the online registration form, your ID and password will be sent to you via email.

Third Step: Download the applications forms.

Please go to the top page of the SMIPRP website and click the ‘LOGIN’ button. Then you are required to enter the provided ID and password in the login page to proceed to the next step in order to download and fill out the designated Form1-6 and Application Checklist.

Fourth Step: All Required Documents Must Be Recieved By Deadline.

Required documents:

  • Application Form with photo.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Preferably, one from your current supervisor at your work place).
  • Certificate of Employment Status and Acceptance for Leave of Absence.
  • Research Proposal at the SMIPRP.
  • WCO Nomination Form (for a CUSTOMS OFFICER of a developing member of the WCO.). The form must have a signature and seal by the Head of the nominating administration e.g. Director General, Commissioner or equivalent official.
  • Official degree certificates or official copies of diplomas from ALL colleges/universities previously attended.
  • Official transcripts or official copies of transcripts from ALL colleges/universities previously attended.
  • Either of the following English Proficiency Certificates
    1. TOEFL iBT (internet based test) 79, TOEFL PBT (paper based test) 550, IELTS Academic Module 6.0 (in each band).
      TOEFL ITP score is not accepted. *For those who have not received undergraduate/graduate education in English.
      The score should be obtained within the past two years of the application
    2. Official certificate to prove your undergraduate/graduate education was conducted in English.
      This official document has to be issued by the educational institute you attended.
  • A photocopy of your passport.
  • (If any) A photocopy of either a paper, report, thesis, or book written in English.
  • (If the names on the application forms and certificates are different). Proof of the surname/name change (marriage certificate, etc.).

Fifth Step: Online Interview With Selected Applicants.

After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee for the SMIPRP will request an interview for selected applicants (i.e. those applicants who have successfully passed the documentary examination). Those who are selected will receive the notification and scheduling information on the interview via email.

Interviews are conducted via Skype. If you are invited for an interview, you should be online and prepared to receive our call at the day and time scheduled by the Admissions Committee.

The interviewers consisted of faculty members (the Admissions Committee) will evaluate the candidates according to the admission criteria.


1. All the submitted documents must be original.
*However, with regards to the official degree certificates and transcripts, official copies are acceptable in case where submission of the original is not possible. Photocopies are NOT accepted.

2. Mailing Materials must be received by the deadline (Japan Standard Time).

3. All of the documents must be sent by post. The documents brought by hand to the university and faxed documents and digital copies sent through e-mail are NOT acceptable.

4. An official copy means a certified true copy of the original document with an official seal obtained from the administration office of the university attended. A true copy of the original document certified by a notary public may also be accepted.

5. All the submitted documents will NOT be returned to applicants. It is advisable that you keep copies of all the documents submitted with your application.

6. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
Please download and use the provided application checklist to make sure that all required forms and documents have been completed and enclosed.

7. All documents must be presented in English. If the original documents are written in languages other than English, you are required to attach its official English translation with a seal and signature to the original documents.

8. AGU respects the privacy of every individual who submits personal information to us. All submitted information shall only be used for the purposes of administration and entry examination. AGU will not disclose submitted information from any individual to a third party.

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