Bibliothekswürfel der Universität Klagenfurt

“The task of a university is the creation of the future.” (Alfred North Whitehead)

Research at the University of Klagenfurt

“The mission of the universities is to serve academic research and teaching, and the advancement, appreciation and teaching of the arts, and thereby to contribute to the personal development of the individual, and to the welfare of society and the environment.” (§ 1, Universities Act 2002)

The University of Klagenfurt offers many contributions in a variety of disciplines. The university’s four faculties, each incorporating a broad range of subjects, provide a strong framework. Furthermore, as “university of short distances”, the University of Klagenfurt is predestined to encourage interdisciplinary developments. Over the past few years, these have resulted in research clusters, taking the form of interdisciplinary cooperation arrangements. Other areas of focus are rendered visible in areas of research strength and in numerous other formats (such as the Karl Popper Kollegs).

At the same time, we have made it our particular mission to support young researchers by providing a research environment that is characterised by openness and cooperation: The curiosity, enthusiasm and commitment of young researchers are essential driving forces for the university; encouraging their dynamic development is therefore of great importance to us.

 Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Merz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Merz

Vice-Rector for Research

Grants & winners

The realm of science is highly competitive: Only the very best ideas and concepts are selected and supported by national and international funding authorities such as HORIZON 2020, FWF or OeNB.

Main areas of research

Institutional partnerships

The University of Klagenfurt maintains institutional co-operation arrangements with research partners, enabling synergies and thus helping to contribute to the generation of scientific knowledge beyond the borders of the university.


International rankings

The remarkable research achievements of scientists at the University of Klagenfurt are reflected in strong placements in global university rankings. The University of Klagenfurt is currently represented in all three major worldwide rankings:

Logo QS Ranking: Top 50 under 50

Logo The Times Higher Education World University Ranking

Logo Academic Ranking of World Universities

Young researchers

The University of Klagenfurt pays particular attention to putting measures in place across all faculties to support young researchers. The following initiatives are targeted specifically at young researchers at the University of Klagenfurt and aim to provide them with the best possible support for launching their careers:

  • Continuing education programme for young researchers
  • Mobility grants
  • Young Researchers Think Tank
  • Young Scientists Mentoring Programme

Support and advice

The Research Support Service is the first point of contact for information on applying for and carrying out third-party projects at national and EU level, as well as applying for the relevant funding. It also offers guidance on research contracts, development agreements, cooperation agreements and other agreements connected to research.

Contact: Mag. Elisabeth Frei (Head of the Research Support Service)
Telephone: +43 463 2700 9215
E-mail: Elisabeth [dot] Frei [at] aau [dot] at
Room: Z.2.16

Research funding

The University of Klagenfurt offers support to staff applying for third-party funding. A number of internal funding opportunities are also available to researchers.