Who selects the Nobel Prize laureates?
In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel specifically designated the institutions responsible for the prizes he wished to be established: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the Nobel Prize in Physics and Chemistry, Karolinska Institutet for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and a Committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1968, the Sveriges Riksbank established the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was given the task to select the Laureates in Economic Sciences starting in 1969.
Links to the prize awarding institutions’ websites
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet
The Swedish Academy
The Norwegian Nobel Committee
Learn more about the nomination and selection of Nobel Prize laureates