Seeking the third Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohort

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, with support from The Gambrell Foundation, is now accepting applications for the next cohort of faculty fellows to study issues around economic mobility in the Charlotte region. The program will fund five projects this year, up to $15,000 each. 

The first cohort of Gambrell Faculty Fellows included faculty from five colleges studying issues such as transit and access to jobs, college students and housing insecurity, and whether more available rental housing leads people to relocate in search of better schools. The second cohort added nine additional fellows examining post-COVID food systems, affordable homeownership, Latinx families’ access to early childhood education, the impact of the arts, and the use of gaming to interest students in computer science careers.

“We are excited to once again invite our faculty to examine economic mobility in our community, with a particular focus on racial equity and the impact of the pandemic,” said Lori Thomas, Director of Research and Faculty Engagement at the Urban Institute and the Institute’s Interim Director. “And we remain grateful to The Gambrell Foundation for funding community engaged research.”

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

This fellowship is available to all UNC Charlotte full-time faculty members with the title of assistant professor or higher whose job description includes professional expectations for research. Other key points include:

  • The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30.

  • The fellowships will fund short-term research projects (up to 18 months).

  • The grant period will begin on August 15.

  • 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 Lori Thomas at or