The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. The Cotsen Institute seeks additional private support from alumni and friends that will help to build upon and enhance its successes and ensure that UCLA archaeologists conducting groundbreaking research, making monumental discoveries, and generating novel ideas will have the necessary resources to pursue this important work. To donate to the Cotsen Institute through a secure online form, please visit our official Online Giving Site.

Your generous gift will substantially advance the efforts of the Cotsen Institute by helping to fund:

  • Graduate education for UCLA archaeology students (please see below)
  • Cutting-edge faculty research
  • Cotsen Institute publications 
  • State-of-the-art equipment for field research and laboratories
  • Visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad
  • Development of community outreach in the Los Angeles area
  • Undergraduate scholarships for UCLA Archaeology Field Programs
  • Improvements to Cotsen Institute facilities
  • Public events, conferences, and workshops
  • Endowed chairs

We thank you for your enthusiastic support of archaeology at UCLA.


To donate to the Cotsen Institute through a secure online form, please visit our official 
Online Giving Site


Education at any world-class institution of higher learning is expensive. While UCLA is very competitive in terms of fees compared to our peer institutions, the costs for graduate education still are considerable (current tuition per student is over $11,000 per year, and for non-residents there is an additional annual fee of $4,000 per year). This must be added to the cost of living in Los Angeles, a factor that presents significant challenges to attracting top students for study here. 

You may be surprised to learn that UCLA receives only about 20% of its budget from the state of California. As a result, the University and its programs must raise the rest of the funding for its research and education activities from private donors and from industry. 

The Archaeology Program produces top-notch graduates in archaeology who will provide important academic leadership into the next decades. Our Ph.D. graduates are now teaching at universities and research institutions around the world, including Harvard University, University of Utah, National Taiwan University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, Syracuse University and University of Pennsylvania. 

We invite prospective donors to contact the Archaeology Program Chair, John K. Papadopoulos, to discuss innovative ways of contributing to student success in the Archaeology Program. Thank you for your interest in supporting students and we look forward to hearing from you.