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.


Dr. Thomas K. Miller III Fellowship Program

The Miller Fellowship program is an opportunity for students graduating with their bachelor’s degree in any academic area of study to continue developing their startup venture after graduation. The fellowship time period is from June 1 to Nov. 30, with a $500 stipend paid monthly to the fellow.

The goal of the Miller Fellowship program is to increase the success rate of promising companies by providing short term salary and new venture support to new graduates who would otherwise not have the financial means to do so. The fellowship operates using a holistic approach, providing guidance and support not only for the venture, but, most importantly, for the fellow.  

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Regular meetings with supervisor/mentor in NC State Entrepreneurship to discuss goals and milestones that best benefit the venture, as well as the fellow, for the specified fellowship period. Examples of milestones might include prototype completion, customer testing, first product shipment, etc.
  • Continued access to NC State startup spaces like the Garage to provide work and prototyping spaces at no cost.
  • An opportunity to work in the NC State Andrews Launch Accelerator, a five-module, three-month summer accelerator program (applicants must apply separately for the Acceleration Fund).
  • 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 provide resources and services for new ventures (e.g. pitch clinics, legal services).

Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Serve as post-graduate ambassadors for NC State Entrepreneurship in various contexts, such as presenting at university-sponsored programs and holding office hours in the eGarage.
  • Prepare an investor pitch for NC State Entrepreneurship Advisory Board members.


  • NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May 2018, 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.

Past Fellows:

Tyler Confrey-Maloney (Engineering) & Steve Gray (Engineering), Undercover Colors

Suraaj Doshi (Engineering) & Kyle Linton (Poole College of Management), Nicotrax

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner (CHASS), Bee Downtown

Moaad Benkaraache (Engineering) & Tayyab Hussain (Engineering), Trakex

Apply for the Miller Fellowship

Application Materials Include:

  • Business Plan (no more than 5 pages)
  • Video Pitch (no more than 60 seconds)
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume

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The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified in late April to schedule an in-person interview.