While all departments should have some funds available for graduate student travel to academic conferences, there are two University-wide sources of travel funding that are dispersed quarterly. During three quarters of the academic calendar (fall, winter, and spring), funds are available from the Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel. Funding for summer travel (June 1 – August 31) is available here (May 31 deadline).
Both of these travel funds are governed by the same rules. All applicants must be presenting a paper that represents their own work; presenting a poster or serving as a panel discussant alone are not sufficient to qualify applicants for these funds. Students in the humanities and social sciences, and those students further along in the program are given priority. Maximum awarded funds are $600, which will be reimbursed through stipend checks.
Certain schools and other institutes may have their own travel award programs (ie. SEAS Graduate Travel Fund).
Finally, don’t forget to investigate whether student travel support is available directly from an academic conference. Such funds are usually limited and available by request, so investigate early!