Applications open for the next Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohort

The Dubois Center in Center City Charlotte
Thursday, February 16, 2023

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 Fellows 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.

Previous cohorts of Gambrell Faculty Fellows include faculty from seven colleges and 15 different academic disciplines. Fellows are studying issues such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black women, transit and access to jobs, the relationship between rental housing and educational opportunities, Latinx children’s access to early education and the impact of the arts on economic mobility. 

“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

In addition to conducting and publishing research, Gambrell Faculty Fellows also participate in conversations about the role of housing, transportation, racial discrimination and more on economic mobility in Charlotte. These serve as a forum to engage the community and highlight fellows’ work. 

Watch some of the faculty fellows discuss their work during the institute's 2022 virtual Schul Conversations

October: Transit and Transportation: What's the path forward in growing Charlotte?


September: Gentrification and Displacement: What's behind these potent words?


You can find more information about previous cohorts and their research below. 



The Gambrell Faculty Fellows program announced its fourth cohort of researchers
The third cohort of Gambrell Faculty Fellows

The second cohort of Gambrell Faculty Fellows

The first cohort of Gambrell Faculty Fellows