Miller Fellowship

In 2014, Dr. Tom Miller created the Entrepreneurship Initiative Fellows program to support newly graduated NC State students who wished to pursue their venture full-time after graduation. The program was endowed by a group of alumni and renamed the  Dr. Thomas Kenan Miller III Fellows Program in fall 2017.

The Miller Fellowship program increases the success rate of promising entrepreneurs by providing a stipend ($750 per month) and new venture support to graduates who would otherwise not have the financial means to do so.

A group of NC State alumni established Miller Fellowship in honor of their professor, Dr. Tom Miller, to support entrepreneurial-minded students and help bridge the gap directly following graduation, when students are often faced with the choice of taking a job or focusing on their startup venture full-time.

A monthly stipend of $750 helps cover “rent and raman” while our Miller Fellows continue to develop their ideas.

Fellowship Timeline

How to Apply

In addition to a stipend, Fellows receive:

  • Mentorship from the NC State Entrepreneurship team, including monthly meetups and workshops focused on building your entrepreneurial skills
  • An opportunity to work in the NC State Andrews Launch Accelerator, a five-module, 14-week summer accelerator program (applicants must apply separately for the Acceleration Fund).
  • Continued access to NC State startup spaces, like the Entrepreneurship Garage, and valuable resources, such as NCSU Libraries, to provide work and prototyping spaces at no cost.
  • Assistance navigating university and community resources for post-graduate entrepreneurs, such as NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs.
  • Access to human capital both inside and outside the university that provides resources and services for new ventures (e.g. pitch clinics, legal services).

Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly meetups and workshops that focus on building your entrepreneurial skills in areas such as networking, communication and mentorship.
  • Participate as a camp facilitator at NC State’s Jump Start: Explore an Entrepreneurial Mindset camp for rising ninth and tenth graders, the week of July 5 – 10, 2020.
  • Present about your Miller Fellowship experience at the “End-of-Year” celebration in November.
  • Hold regular office hours in the Entrepreneurship Garage to help mentor students.
  • Serve as an ambassador and mentor for NC State Entrepreneurship in various contexts, such as presenting at university-sponsored programs.


  • NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May 2020, prior to the start of the Fellowship, and are not enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate program the following semester.
  • Applicants must show they have made substantial progress towards the development of a venture before they graduated and that additional support would significantly increase the company’s probability of success.
  • Applicants must agree to reside in the Raleigh-Durham area for the duration of the Fellowship.

2020 Application Coming Soon

Please check back in late March.

Application Materials

Business Plan (no more than 5 pages)


Video Pitch (no more than 60 seconds)

Letter of Recommendation


Past Fellows

Bee Downtown

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner (CHASS), founder of Bee Downtown, was a 2015 Miller Fellow.

Undercover Colors

Founders of Undercover Colors, Tyler Confrey-Maloney (Engineering) & Steve Gray (Engineering) were 2014 Miller Fellows.


Suraaj Doshi (Engineering) & Kyle Linton (Poole College of Management), founders of Nicotrax, were 2014 Miller Fellows.