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Nomination and Selection
of Nobel Laureates

Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates


- Who can nominate for a Nobel Peace Prize?
- Can I propose a new invention for a Nobel Prize?
- Who selects the Nobel Laureates?

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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


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

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From the archives. Courtesy of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Nomination Archive

In the nomination archive, you can search among nominations for the years 1901-1965, now revealed according to the 50 years rule.

Nomination archive

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In this visualization you can find residing countries for a specific nominee or a nominator.

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Nominators and Nominees

Here you can discover the individuals who have nominated others for a Nobel Prize and those who were nominated for a Nobel Prize.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature and Nominations


Candidates for the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature

The archives have now opened up for the 1966 nominations.

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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

Who Did the Laureates Nominate?

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

Nominations by Nobel Laureates

Nominations and Reports

Once the statutes of the Nobel Foundation had been ratified in June 1900, the Swedish Academy immediately set to work on the preparations required to enable the award of the first prize in 1901.

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The Nobel Peace Prize and Nominations

Geir Lundestad

The Nomination Process for the Peace Prize

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the nomination of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Questions & Answers
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Why a Norwegian Nobel Committee?

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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Controversies and Criticisms

The Nobel Peace Prize and the awarded Laureates have frequently caused controversies as they in many cases have increased public focus on international or national conflicts.

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Martin Luther King

Who Nominated Martin Luther King?

The first nomination for Martin Luther King Jr. arrived to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1963. Not until 2014, the nominators were revealed.

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