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This German university offers students scholarship for being lazy

Do you want to get a degree without actually putting in the work? Well, you’re just the student that University of Fine Arts in Hamburg is looking for.

The grant comes from a unique project by German researchers. The study aims to examine laziness and lack of ambition of an individual. Scholars are tasked to do nothing, absolutely nothing. However, not everyone is convinced that the project is meaningful. Germany’s Taxpayers’ Association have questioned the idea because the study is rewarding students up to 1,600 euros for zero effort. 

The search for scholars started last year. Applicants are asked to answer questions like: “What do you not want to do?” and “Why is it important not to do this thing in particular?”. Don’t be fooled though by its seemingly loose terms. The grant is actually pretty competitive with only three slots available. Prospects have to convince the panel that they will be lazy in unique ways.

Behind the grant project is Von Borries, a professor at the university. He explained that the relevance of the study is to analyze if our full schedules have an ‘eco-social’ impact. Borries states, “If we want to live in a society that consumes less energy, wastes fewer resources, this is not the right system of values, Wouldn’t it be nicer to gain social prestige by saying, ‘I have time to dream … meet friends, put up my feet – I have time to do nothing?’”

So if you’re looking for a way out of doing endless requirements, maybe consider transferring to University of Fine Arts Hamburg. 

POP! Creator Community/Camille Silvano


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