Gambrell Faculty Fellows: Opportunity in Action

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is seeking the fifth cohort of faculty fellows to research issues related to economic mobility in the Charlotte region, with support from The Gambrell Foundation. 

This year, the Gambrell Faculty Fellowship program will fund up to six projects with grants up to $18,000 each. The fellows will join a growing group of researchers contributing to our community’s ongoing search for solutions that could foster greater equity.

“With a fellowship of 37 strong, we are excited to once again invite our faculty to become a Gambrell Fellow and examine economic mobility in our community, providing actionable information for our community and region,” said Dr. Lori Thomas, Executive Director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Charlotte Regional Data Trust. “We are grateful to The Gambrell Foundation for funding community engaged research.”

[Find the full program details here. The application materials can be downloaded here.]


All UNC Charlotte full-time faculty members with the title of assistant professor or higher whose job description includes professional expectations for research may apply for this fellowship. Other key requirements include:

  • The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3rd.
  • The fellowships will fund short-term research projects (up to 18 months).
  • The grant period will begin on August 15, 2023.
  • Proposed projects must include a principal focus on issues related to economic mobility. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects will be considered. 

If you have questions about this process, contact Aaron Houck, Elaine Jacobs and Lori Thomas at

The Urban Institute's Faculty Fellows program, with support from the Gambrell Foundation, funds research projects focused on the pressing needs in our community. 

The Gambrell Faculty Fellows program grew out of the Charlotte Opportunity Insights Partnership, also funded by The Gambrell Foundation. One key objective of the Partnership is to incorporate, facilitate, and build local research capacity to address issues related to economic mobility in Charlotte. The Gambrell Faculty Fellowship Program was developed in 2018 to contribute to this objective by facilitating research on economic mobility and ensuring that our community can access that work. The Gambrell Foundation awarded a second grant to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2019 to extend and continue to build the fellowship program.

New: The Gambrell Faculty Fellows Program has named its fourth cohort of researchers

Previous Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohorts 

Recently published research from Gambrell Faculty Fellows 

Watch some of the faculty fellows discuss their work during the institute's 2021 virtual Schul Conversations on economic mobility