Bjørn H. Vangen/ The Norwegian Nobel Institute


Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives several hundred nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.


There are 329 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 out of which 234 are individuals and 95 are organizations.

329 candidates are slightly more than last year (317) and the third highest number of candidates ever. The current record of 376 candidates was reached in 2016.

Neither the names of nominators nor of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize may be divulged until 50 years have elapsed.


Nomination process

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 shall preferably be made through an online form. 

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.

This is the nomination process


Submission period

Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are accepted until January 31.


Limited nomination period

Nominations for next year’s candidates are welcome from 1 September.


Committee hand-over

Nominations submitted by the January 31 deadline are handed over to the Nobel Committee in mid-February.



The Nobel Committee reviews all valid nominations and prepares a short-list for further examination.


External analysis

Candidate reports are submitted by the Committee’s permanent advisers and other Norwegian or international experts.



The Committee meets regularly from mid-February through September to discuss and steadily narrow the field of candidates.


The Committee decides

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decides who will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.



The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is announced on the Friday of the first full week of October.


  • What is the benefit of allowing so many nominators?
    The Nobel Peace Prize is international and the broad eligibility of nominators ensures that a great variety of candidates from all corners of the world is brought forward to the Committee's attention every year.
  • Where can I see a list of all of the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
    Contrary to common belief, there is no public list of the current year's nominees. The complete list of eligible nominees for any given year is not disclosed for another 50 years – a restriction establised by the Nobel statutes in 1901.
  • Who can nominate?
    Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize require no invitation. Eligible nominators are: - members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members/ministers) of sovereign states as well as current heads of states - members of The International Court of Justice in The Hague and The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague - members of Institut de Droit International - university professors, professors emeriti and associate professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion - university rectors and university directors (or their equivalents) - directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes - persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - members of the main board of directors or its equivalent for organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee - former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
  • Do you share any information about who is nominated for the Peace Prize this year?
    No. In fact, none of the Nobel Committees announce the names of nominees, neither to the media nor to the candidates themselves. In so far as certain names crop up in advance speculations of potential nominees or candidates it is either sheer guess-work or information released by the person behind a nomination.
  • How does the nomination process work?
    Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are submitted from all corners of the world to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the entity responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the prize. Anyone who meets either of the nominator criteria can put forward a name and motivate his or her opinion of why a given candidate should be considered worthy of the award. This is what differs the Nobel Peace Prize selection process from many other prizes where the awarding bodies are in charge of both the nomination process and selection of winners.
  • Can you officially confirm if a nomination for this year's prize is for real or not?
    As a matter of principle, and according to the Nobel statutes, the Norwegian Nobel Institute can never confirm, or disconfirm, whether someone has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize until the full list of nominations is made public after 50 years.
  • What does it mean to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?
    Any person or organization can be nominated by anyone eligible to nominate. There is no vetting of nominations prior to the nomination deadline, hence the Norwegian Nobel Committee has no influence on the quality of the submissions. The task of the Committee is strictly limited to selecting the best candidate (or candidates) among the entire list of submissions. To simply be nominated is therefore not an official endorsement or honour extended by the Nobel Committee, and may not be used to imply affiliation with the Nobel Peace Prize or its related institutions.