The Genetic variants, Early Life exposures, and Longitudinal Endometriosis symptoms Study (GELLES)

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

GELLES looks to address current inadequacies and evidence gaps on genetic factors, early life exposures, and symptoms of endometriosis during adolescence. The study will leverage existing data from two cohorts of participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health who have been followed since age 18-23 years. The study will collect additional data and DNA samples from these women. The new survey will cover early life history (e.g., in utero exposures, birth characteristics, and maternal smoking) and reproductive symptoms during adolescence (such as irregular menses and pelvic pain). GELLES will compare women with and without endometriosis and identify the combinations of factors and patterns of symptoms linked with increased risk of endometriosis and longer time to diagnosis. The study will produce high-quality evidence and provide new insights on the causal pathways and aetiology of this disease.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Gita Mishra

School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of life course epidemiology, biostatistics and reproductive health would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

Apply now