Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives several hundred nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
There are 331 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 out of which 216 are individuals and 115 are organizations.
331 is the second highest number of candidates ever. The record of 376 candidates was set in 2016.
Neither the names of nominators nor of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize may be divulged until 50 years have elapsed.
All living persons and active organizations or institutions are eligible candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. What is considered a valid nomination is defined by the Nobel Foundation’s statutes. In order for a nomination to be valid, it must be submitted no later than January 31. Submissions are made through an online form. The online form is active from mid September of the year prior to the nomination deadline.
Members of the Nobel Committee may add further names to the list during their first meeting after the nomination process is closed.
After all the qualified nominations have been discussed, a short-list of the most interesting and worthy candidates is created. The candidates on the short-list are then subject to assessments and examinations done by the Nobel Committee's permanent advisers, together with other Norwegian or international experts.
As a rule, the Committee reaches a decision only at its very last meeting before the announcement of the year’s laureate(s) at the beginning of October. The Committee seeks to achieve consensus in its selection of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. On the rare occasions when this proves impossible, the decision is reached by a simple majority vote.