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Nomination and Selection
of Nobel Laureates

Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

FAQ

- How can I nominate myself or someone for a Nobel Peace Prize?
- How can I propose a new invention for a Nobel Prize?

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Who Can Nominate for a Nobel Prize?

Each year, thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists, previous Nobel Laureates and members of parliamentary assemblies and others, are asked to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year. These nominators are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible are represented over time.

Read more about how the Nobel Laureates are nominated:

Nomination of the Physics Laureates
Nomination of the Chemistry Laureates
Nomination of the Medicine Laureates
Nomination of the Literature Laureates
Nomination of the Peace Prize Laureates
Nomination of the Laureates in Economic Sciences


Facts

  • The nomination processes start in September each year.
  • No person can nominate herself/himself for a Nobel Prize.
  • The Nobel Committees are responsible for the selection of the candidates.
  • The names of the nominees cannot be revealed until 50 years later.

The Nobel Peace Prize and Nominations

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Why a Norwegian Nobel Committe?

Alfred Nobel left no explanation as to why the Peace Prize was to be awarded by a Norwegian committee while the other four prizes were to be handled by Swedish committees.

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2014 Nominations

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received valid nominations of 278 different individuals and organizations for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. 47 of these were organizations.

Selection of Peace Prize Laureates
Archive

Explore the Nomination Archive

Search among nominators and nominees in the database spanning the years 1901-1956.

Explore the nomination archive for the Nobel Peace Prize
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi - Nominated but Never Awarded

Mahatma Gandhi, the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century, was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read about the 'missing Laureate'

The Nobel Prize in Literature and Nominations

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2014 Nominations

For the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy has received 210 valid nominations, among them, 36 are first time nominees.

Read more about the selection of Literature Laureates

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Who Did the Laureates Nominate?

See which authors the Literature Laureates themselves nominated 1901-1950.

Nominations by Nobel Laureates
Rabindranath Tagore on his 70th birthday. Photo taken in May 1931. Source: German Federal Archives, via Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-11643/CC-BY-SA. Photographer unknown

One Year Only

Rabindranath Tagore, Sinclair Lewis, Pearl Buck, Bertrand Russell and William Faulkner are some of the authors who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature after being nominated in one year only.

Nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature per year
Archive

Explore the Nomination Archive

Search among nominators and nominees in the database spanning the years 1901-1950.

Explore the nomination archive

Questions and Answers

Göran K. Hansson, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, at a press conforence at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, 2012. Photo: Bengt Oberger. Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. Göran K. Hansson.
Photo: Bengt Oberger. Wikimedia Commons

Which Research Area Has Been Awarded Most Often? Why?

Göran K. Hansson, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, answers frequently asked questions about the Medicine Prize

All Questions and Answers
Nobel Peace Prize Medal. Registered trademark of the Nobel Foundation. © ® The Nobel Foundation. Photo: Thomas Widerberg

Can You Choose Anyone for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Peace Prize: the selection process, the most popular and criticized prizes and more.

14 Questions about the Nobel Peace Prize

Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, announces the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012, Mo Yan. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin. Wikimedia Commons,  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Peter Englund.
Photo: Frankie Fouganthin. Wikimedia Commons

How Do You Find Authors Worthy a Literature Prize?

Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Read Peter Englund's answers

The Medal for The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Registered trademark of the Nobel Foundation. © ® The Nobel Foundation. Photo: Lovisa Engblom

Who Selects the Laureates in Economic Sciences?

Peter Englund, Secretary of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, answers frequently asked questions about the Prize in Economic Sciences.

17 Questions about the Prize in Economic Sciences