Luis Sa Silva will switch to the GP3 Series with Carlin this year.
The 22-year-old Angolan will partner Eric Lichtenstein and one yet-to-be named driver at the British team in the Formula 1 support series.
Sa Silva said: "GP3, particularly with the introduction of the new generation car, has become a real stepping stone to the top level of motorsport.
"With 400bhp the GP3 car will be a real step up and there will be a lot to learn.
"I am so excited to race against some of the best drivers in Europe on the F1 package and represent Angola to the best of my abilities and I know that with Carlin I have a great package with which to do that."
Sa Silva raced in Formula 3 last year, finishing 14th in the Euro Series and 13th in the European championship.
Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "The GP3 car is going to be quite a step up from F3 in terms of power this year, but we're giving Luis all the tools he needs to be able to make the most of this fantastic opportunity."
2013 GP3 Series line-up so far: Lotus (ART) Jack Harvey tba tba MW Arden Daniil Kvyat Carlos Sainz Jr Robert Visoiu Carlin Eric Lichtenstein Luis Sa Silva tba Jenzer Patric Niederhauser tba tba Manor tba tba tba Status Jimmy Eriksson tba tba Atech CRS tba tba tba Trident Emanuele Zonzini David Fumanelli tba Koiranen Kevin Korjus Aaro Vainio Patrick Kujala