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 short term salary ($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 short-term salary, 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 8 – 12, 2019.
  • 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 2019, 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.

Apply for the 2019 Miller Fellowship Program.

Applications are being accepted until Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

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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.