About The 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 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.
How to Apply
Due to special requests, we have decided to try something new with the Miller Fellows applications this year in light of all of the COVID-related disruptions experienced over the past few years. Miller Fellows receive a stipend of $750 per month for 6 months (June – November) and receive specialized mentoring and skills training in both themselves as an entrepreneurial thinker as well as their ventures.
Meet our Previous Cohort of Miller Fellows
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 – November.
- NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May and are not enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate program the following semester.
- Due to special requests, we have decided to try something new with the Miller Fellows applications this year in light of all of the COVID-related disruptions experienced over the past few years. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 Miller 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).
- 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 the summer.
- 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.
If you have any questions about Miller Fellowship, please email Jennifer Capps at email@example.com.