Did Donald Trump just get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Donald Trump gets nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Donald Trump gets nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Billionaire Donald Trump's name has been tossed in the ring for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

The Republican presidential candidate was proposed by a U.S. nominator, who Harpviken did not identify, who cited the billionaire's "vigorous peace through strength ideology" in the nomination.

But, just because Trump received a nomination, doesn't mean he is in contention. He is not listed among those with a chance of winning, Harpviken told Reuters.

Representatives from Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Throughout his bid for presidency, Trump has been widely criticized for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Thousands of people are eligible to submit nominations for the prize and the Norwegian Nobel committee typically receives more than 200 nominations annually. Last year there were 273 nominees.

"Huge numbers of nominations are still coming in," Olav Njoelstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said.

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Other nominees include peace negotiators in Colombia, Greek islands who aided Syrian refugees and Edward Snowden.

"2016 may finally be Edward Snowden's year...His leaks are now having a positive effect," Harpviken, said, placing the former U.S. spy agency contractor at the top of his list of candidates.

CNBC.com contributed to this report.