Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives several hundred nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
All living persons and active organizations or institutions are eligible candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. For qualified nominators we have now launched an online nomination form. However, only certain people are qualified to submit a valid nomination. 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.
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.
There were 376 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 out of which 228 were individuals and 148 were organizations. 376 was by far the highest number of candidates to date. The previous record, 278 candidates, was set in 2014. The names of the nominees are not announced, and should in accordance with the statute not be made public until 50 years have passed.