Application Deadline: July 31st 2017

The Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme (Scholarship Programme) gives scholars funding which covers travel, upkeep, admission, tuition, accomodation and other confirmed expenses to help bright young Customs Officers or managers from a developing member countries of the WCO (Ghana included) to commence Master’s Programme at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.


  • A candidate must be a customs officer of a developing member of the WCO with excellent work experience of not less than three years in the field of customs procedues and management 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.
  • After the completion of the Programme, the scholars should continue to work in their home Customs administration for 3 years at least. After three and a half years from the completion of the Programme, they should give an update to the university stating the position they hold in their local customs operations and how they have made use of the skills they attained in Japan.
  • A candidate must be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2017.

Scholarship Package

  • A monthly stipend covers accommodations, food, transportation, 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 are paid by the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Program.**
  • Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan is provided.*The current amount of monthly stipend is 147,000 yen ($1,321) (as of 2016).
    **The current amount of admission fee is 290,000 yen ($2,606) and annual tuition fee is 902,000 $(8,106) yen (as of 2016).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Programme

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