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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
10 October 2014

Claude Leon Foundation LLM Scholarship (UCT), 2015

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarship in Constitutional Governance

Due to late withdrawal of one of the selected candidates, I have 1  LLM scholarships to the value of R80 000 available for a student intending to do a research LLM at UCT in 2015 in public law or related interdisciplinary field.

Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, invites suitably qualified applicants to submit applications for the above LLM scholarship. The successful applicant will be South African citizens who plans to embark on a Master’s degree by dissertation in 2015 in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or other legal and political questions relating to constitutional governance. Candidates who plan to do interdisciplinary research are also welcome. The dissertation will be supervised by the Chair in Constitutional Governance.

  • The successful applicant will have an excellent academic record. In making the selection, the selection panel will take into account the need for scholarship holders broadly to represent South Africa’s racial and gender composition;
  • The scholarship will be awarded for a period of one year;
  • The selected scholar will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance; and
  • The selected scholar will be expected to be in residence at the University of Cape Town.

For further information contact: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za.

Applicants must send a covering letter, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two referees, all available undergraduate degree transcripts and a short (no more than one page) proposal indicating the possible topic of the post-graduate research to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 21 October 2014.

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