The University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany is offering a "scholarship for doing nothing" to anyone who wishes to temporarily abstain from any activity - getting out of bed, leaving the apartment, etc. - as part of an experiment that will be part of an exhibition called "The School of Inconsequentiality: Towards A Better Life," opening at the Hamburg University in November.

University in Germany Paying Money To Do Absolutely Nothing

In the application, applicants will only have to answer four questions: What do you not want to do? For how long do you not want to do it? Why is it important not to do this thing in particular? Why are you the right person not to do it?

Those interested have time to join the Germany-based project until September 15. Of all the applications, the best three will be selected, who each will receive a scholarship of 1,600 euros (~Rs 1.4 Lakh). The prizes will be awarded in January 2021, after the participants submit a report on their experience gained during the experiment.

University in Germany Paying Money To Do Absolutely Nothing

The idea behind the research from Germany is to explore the apparent contradiction of our society, which promotes sustainability, but at the same time rewards material success, according to the creator of the project, Friedrich von Borries.

"Doing nothing isn’t very easy," said von Borries. “We want to focus on active inactivity. If you say you are not going to move for a week, then that’s impressive. If you propose you are not going to move or think, that might be even better”, according to The Guardian.

University in Germany Paying Money To Do Absolutely Nothing

"This scholarship program is not a joke but an experiment with serious intentions – how can you turn a society that is structured around achievements and accomplishments on its head?" He claimed.

This might sound easy but do you think you could do nothing for days without feeling extremely bored? Unless you are one of those people who have mastered meditation, being paid for doing nothing is actually pretty fair compensation nowadays when so many of us can't go a day without looking at a screen.

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