Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives several hundred nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
There are 307 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2023 out of which 214 are individuals and 93 are organizations.
307 candidates are less than last year (343) and the lowest number of candidates since 2019. For eight years in a row the number of candidates has been exceeding 300. 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.
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. In 2022 the first meeting of the committee was held 28 February.
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.
Follow this link for a detailed overview of the nomination process.
Frequently asked questions
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. Read more here.
Can you officially confirm if a nomination for this year's prize is 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 50 years have passed.
Who can nominate?
Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize require no invitation, but are only considered valid if submitted by a person who meets certain criteria. You may find the list of criteria on this website.
Who can be nominated?
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.
Can I apply for the Nobel Peace Prize?
No, a personal application for an award will not be considered. Please see the list of criteria for nominators.
Is it possible to revoke a Nobel Peace Prize?
No. Neither Alfred Nobel’s will nor the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation mention any such possibility. For more information, click here.