Miller Fellowship

Now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort!

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 the 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.

About The Miller Fellowship

A monthly stipend of $750 helps cover “rent and ramen” while our Miller Fellows continue to develop their ideas. The Miller Fellowship runs from June 1-November 30, 2021.


  • NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May 2021 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.

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
  • 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.
  • Support NC State Entrepreneurship through the facilitation of summer camps in summer 2021.
  • 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.

Note: virtual events may take place instead of in-person events.

Contact us:

If you have any questions about Miller Fellowship, please email Jennifer Capps at

2021 Applications are Now Open!

Application deadline is 5pm EST on Monday, April 19th

Take a look at the application.

Meet the Current Cohort of Miller Fellows

Johnny Davis

Stellar Farms

Nakyrah Radney

Kyrah’s Kustoms

Watch the end of the year interviews with the 2020 cohort:

Past Miller 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.