About the Telluride House

What is Telluride House?

Telluride House is a merit-based residential scholarship committed to establishing a vibrant community supporting our three pillars: democratic ideals of self-governance, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a commitment to public service. 

Housemembers (all on room and board scholarship at the House) range from freshmen to Ph.D students, and are joined in residence by faculty fellows from several fields. By living with a commitment to our self-governing community, Telluride House strives to foster the moral and intellectual growth of its members.

Past winners of the Telluride scholarship include notable figures from a wide range of discplines including: World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, philosophers Michel Foucault and Francis Fukuyama, postmodern scholar Gayatri Spivak, and several Nobel prize winners including Steven Weinberg, Linus Pauling, and Richard Feynman.

The scholarship is open to all incoming and current University of Michigan Students.

To learn more about the terms of scholarship, please click here.

To apply for a scholarship, the Miller-Sidgwick Exchange Program, or faculty fellowship please click here



A Brief History

Telluride House is one of two residential communities established by the Telluride Association, a non-profit association founded in 1911 for the purpose of creating and fostering educational communities that rely upon democratic participation. The association aims to develop students' potential for leadership and public service by providing a rich and intense academic experience and opportunities beyond those of a standard university education.

The first Telluride House at Cornell University was built in 1910. Telluride House at the University of Michigan was established in 2000. 

To learn more about Telluride Association please visit their site.

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Why should colleges concentrate almost exclusively on intellectual development? What about character? Responsibility? Physical and spiritual growth?
— L.L. Nunn, founder of Telluride Association